Belfast Telegraph

Warning over Broughan rebellion

Labour's newest TD has warned the party leadership to take the rebellion of backbench colleague Tommy Broughan very seriously.

Patrick Nulty was voted into the House in the Dublin West by-election just over a month ago.

He pledged support to Labour veteran Mr Broughan after he refused to back the controversial deposit scheme and warned other backbenchers could follow him out of the parliamentary party.

Mr Nulty, 29, called for the Government to revise its plans for the looming Budget and to protect low and middle earners.

"Tommy Broughan is a long standing Labour member, activist and public representative and his decision to break the party whip should be taken very seriously by the party leadership and Labour ministers in Government," said Mr Nulty.

Tanaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said he was not surprised by Mr Broughan's opposition, but he insisted he was confident no other backbenchers would revolt.

"I'm disappointed that any member of the Parliamentary Party would not vote with the Party and the House. I have no reason to believe that anybody else would follow suit," he said.

Mr Nulty, who has in the past made clear his opposition to the Labour-Fine Gael coalition, called for the Government to revise its economic plans and introduce tax increases for high income earners to protect the poor.

Rebel backbencher Mr Broughan became the third Government TD to leave the coalition after he refused to back the deposit protection scheme, which would see the Government write a blank cheque for banks at the expense of the taxpayer.

He said he could not stand over such a move as his strategy has always been to protect the interests of the people.

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