Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív has strongly rejected reports that he has "rebelled" against the Cabinet position on Aer Lingus' decision to axe the Shannon - Heathrow link.
Speaking on RTÉ , Mr Ó Cuív rejected any suggestion that he or the Government would intervene to reverse the airline's decision.
FF politicians will huff and puff. In the Mid West it is necessary to be seen to oppose the Aer Lingus decision for electoral reasons. However there will be no defections. Efforts will be made to manage the opposition and eventually to divert it into a cul-de-sac. As far as FF is concerned all will be forgotten by the 2012 General Election.
Can the peoples alliance maintain the momentum and stampede the Government into a volte- face?