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‘Very difficult’ to see how Simon Coveney can stay on as Minister – Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said it’s “very difficult” to see how Simon Coveney can stay on as Minister for Foreign Affairs after the controversy with appointing Katherine Zappone as a UN Special Envoy.

McDonald said Coveney’s behaviour is “not of the standard” Sinn Féin expects from any minister of government.

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“I know the Taoiseach has said that Minister Coveney was wrong, that his behaviour was wrong,” she said.

“So, the question now arises as to what the Taoiseach is going to do about this.”

She went on to say: “I think it’s very hard to see how the minister remains in the position given that we have had eight weeks of this controversy”.

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McDonald also said that Sinn Féin would table a no-confidence motion in the minister if nothing is done.

IMAGE – “Mary Lou McDonald talking to media” by Sinn Féin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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