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‘Damaged but repairable’

Wednesday, 29th November, 2017 5:33pm

Fine Gael Senator for Cork South Central and Senate leader, Jerry Buttimer, has said the government’s Confidence and Supply Arrangement is “damaged but repairable” in the wake of the last week’s events in the Dail, including the resignation of Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

“There is very important legislation to be passed from the Finance Bill to the restoration of public pay, the Social Welfare Bill which makes provision for increases in social welfare payments and the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment. This work must be allowed to continue,” he told The Cork Independent.

From his perspective, it has always been about the the Charleton Enquiry being established and allowed to continue its work, Senator Buttimer said. “For me, due process is very important and while I understand why the Tanaiste resigned, I believed that the Tribunal on 8 January was going to discuss the issues that came to the fore in recent weeks,” he said.

“It is very important that the full facts emerge. I have always been of the view that all information must be given to the Tribunal,” said Senator Buttimer. “I believe the Taoiseach is correct in having a full investigation and agree that the Department of Justice is dysfunctional. There is a real need for all the information to be out there and anybody who has any information for the Tribunal should give it to it.”

He criticised Sinn Fein’s response to the week’s events, describing them as opportunistic. Asked about the prospect of a Cork Tanaiste, Senator Buttimer said he would be very happy to support Simon Coveney to take over the role.

“It would be fantastic to have a Cork Tanaiste,” he said.

Sources had indicated that the Taoiseach is looking at the possibility of appointing Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, as the new Tanaiste.

However, according to Boylesports, Heather Humphries has emerged as the new 11/8 favourite for the Tanaiste role. Simon Coveney was backed into 1/3 from 4/1 on Tuesday and eased out to the now 15/8 second favourite on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for Boylesports. “The market was suspended twice on Tuesday, once as a result of support for Coveney and again later that night following increased support for Humphries,” said a spokesperson.

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