Taoiseach not looking for job in Europe, says Noonan

Finance Minister Noonan has today laughed off suggestions that Taoiseach Enda Kenny is eyeing a future role in Europe.

"He (the Taoiseach) said himself that he wants to stay at home and lead us into the next election, and win it," said Minister Noonan.

"So, that sounds to me like a statement of intent that he's going to stay here at home."

"How far out do you want me to look...like (for example), will Limerick win the All-Ireland in 2024?," he joked.

Asked if he still had concerns over the costing of the new healthcare schemes, Minster Noonan said: "What he (Minster for Health) has promised to do is to publish a White Paper setting out all the details of health insurance health schemes funded by insurance, and we've had preliminary discussions on that already.

"I agree fully with the idea of a one-tier health system which is funded through the insurance industry.

"I wouldn't be doing my job if I wasn't looking at costs will be controlled, but the date Minister Reilly suggests for the commencement for the scheme is 2019, so we've got a lot of time to discuss the detail."

Earlier today, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin denied that the Cabinet was divided on the issue of Universal Health Insurance.

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