The Irish Examiner is reporting that Michael Ring, the Rural Affairs Minister, launched a “ferocious” broadside at Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at last Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting,
Mr Ring, who is known to be very displeased at the lack of progress in the formal establishment of his newly created department and the budget it has, was a lone dissenting voice at Cabinet on the morning of the budget.
According to several sources present, Mr Ring “exploded” towards the end of the Cabinet meeting which had received a briefing on the budget from Mr Donohoe when Mr Varadkar asked for feedback from ministers.
While most ministers offered comments in support of the €1.2bn budget package, Mr Ring broke ranks and “let fly” and made his displeasure at the lack of a meaningful budget for his department known.
It got €19m, or 12% of an increase.