An extract from an article which the Irish people can take delight in. With the Moanvenlagh Turf Cutters holding a successful protest in Athlone against
“Big Pig Phil” several days ago, it shows how many “fans” Fine Gael really have. Everywhere they go, they are greeted by their “fans”.
By DANIEL McCONNELL and JOHN DRENNAN
Sunday Independent, June 17 201
Within Fine Gael, there is much concern over what some senior party figures have called the "despairing mood and faction fighting" between cabinet ministers.
Several Fine Gael TDs have this weekend expressed real concern about the "demoralised, defeated air" surrounding several ministers, with Mr Hogan and Finance Minister Michael Noonan singled out for mention.
"Phil Hogan made a speech and was greeted by silence when he sat down," one senior Fine Gael TD said. "Then Noonan said he would be looking for €3.5bn in this year's budget and he was greeted with silence too."
"Noonan looked utterly down, all the bounce has gone out of him," said another. "Even from Phil Hogan you could sense the fear and despair. Even the Fine Gael ministers are starting to fight with each other," he added.
A further cause of tension has been the troika's report last week, which said that the pain of austerity must be shared equally and that pay at the top of the civil service should be reviewed -- given that both coalition parties hold differing views on the matter.