FF meeting to discuss Nice vote and economy

 

Backbench Fianna Fail TDs and senators are expected to raise concerns about the Government's finances and internal party communications at a two-day meeting in Killarney today.

Mr McCreevy
Minister for Finance, Mr Charlie McCreevy

However, in bid to quell rising resentment towards the Taoiseach and a number of senior ministers, an economic briefing by the Minister for Finance, Mr McCreevy, has been moved forward to this afternoon.

This meeting will allow Mr McCreevy to warn his colleagues of the tough decisions required in the next Budget to ensure growth in Government spending remains below 9 per cent next year.

Backbenchers are angered that spending cutbacks are being revealed on a "drip-feed" basis.

It is understood the decision by the Minister for Education, Mr Dempsey, to increase college registration fees without consulting TDs beforehand has particularly annoyed TDs.