Responding to the latest communications mess of the Government’s own making, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Seán Fleming said the incoherence from Fine Gael and Labour over Croke Park is damaging confidence in the country.

Deputy Fleming said: “Over the course of the last few days, it has become increasingly clear that there is fundamental lack of direction at the centre of this Government’s approach to implementing the Croke Park agreement. First, we read yesterday about serious question marks over the methodology for calculating the savings arising from Croke Park reforms.

“The Tánaiste had the opportunity to address the concerns in an interview with RTÉ’s The Week In Politics last night, but failed utterly to do so. In an interview that was at times shambolic, Mr Gilmore appeared unaware of the questions that had been raised and instead reverted to a ‘it’s because I say it’s fine’ explanation.

“This morning, we are greeted by the spectacle of Fine Gael debating with itself on what Fine Gael’s approach should be.

“What the leadership of both Fine Gael and the Labour Party appear blissfully unaware of, is the effect that this lack of direction has on confidence. Once again, this unfolding mess demonstrates that while both parties were very good at doing what they had to in order to achieve power, they had little plan on what to do when they got it. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste, and their respective parliamentary parties, need to agree on an approach to the Croke Park agreement and get a grip on their agenda.”