How long can the Labour Party stick together in coalition?
On the one hand, we have Labour Party minister Joan Burton taking a swipe at people on the dole:
Someone said : Burton vows to end 'dole lifestyle choice'
By DANIEL McCONNELL, CRAIG HUGHES and JOHN DRENNAN
Sunday July 17 2011
Social welfare has become a "lifestyle choice" for many leaving school, a situation which is totally unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has said.
"What we are getting at the moment is people who come into the system straight after school as a lifestyle choice. This is not acceptable, everyone should be expected to contribute and work," Ms Burton said.
And on the other hand, within a few hours, we have Labour Councillor Cian O'Callaghan taking a swipe at her:
Someone said : Unemployment is not a â€˜life style choiceâ€™
Speaking in re-action to comments of Minister Joan Burton in todayâ€™s Sunday Independent where she referred to young people leaving school and entering the social welfare system as a â€˜life style choiceâ€™ Labour councillor Cian Oâ€™Callaghan said:
â€œYoung people who leave school and canâ€™t find jobs do not choose unemployment as a â€˜life style choiceâ€™. Nor are they to blame for our jobs and economic crisis. The responsibility for the crisis lies squarely with a political system that is wrecking our economy by implementing failed policies of cuts and austerity.