Breaking: Minister Bruton rubbishes suggestion of General Election after referendum

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Minister Richard Bruton pictured at Leugh NS this morning.

On a  a visit to Leugh National School outside Thurles Minister Bruton announced 12 additional special needs posts for Tipperary.

Education Minister Richard Bruton has rubbished claims that the government will fall after the referendum vote next week and says that they are in it for the long haul with the intention of seeing through a third budget.

Despite all of the sitting TD's in Tipperary starting this week that they are anticipating a General election very soon, Minister Bruton has stated that he is not even contemplating one at this point. 

Speaking to The Tipperary Star at Leugh National School, just outside Thurles this morning, where he announced 12 extra special needs posts for Tipperary, thereby bringing the number up to 463 for Septmber 2018, Minister Bruton acknowledged the challenge associated with being in government with the current configuration, but said that all parties involved had to play their part.

Leugh NS Principal pictured at the school this morning welcoming Minister Bruton.

Minister Bruton who was joined by Dail colleagues Deputies Michael Lowry and Jackie Cahill, and Fine Gael candidate Garret Ahearn, was treated to a tremendous welcome at Leugh NS by Principal Louise McCullagh, the staff and the children who performed brilliantly in the new state-of-the-art school hall.

And, Minister Bruton was mightily impressed: "I am very proud of what you have done with the resources the department has given this school  and it is quite obvious from the moment you walk in here, that every child is getting the best possible opportunity. I am so happy to be here with you this morning," he told the children.

As to the question of the governments position after the referendum, he said: " There is no chance of the government falling after the referendum. We have a three year confidence and supply agreement which  will run until the next budget and I have every confidence that that will be put together. We are a minority government and it requires understanding from other sides. We have an agreement in place and we will honour that and so will others as well. One never knows - banana skins can come out of the ground to surprise you but this government is working well, better than anyone thought it could. "