The Taoiseach has said that any Fianna Fáil TD who might vote in favour, or abstains, of the no-confidence motion in Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will face suspension of six months from the parliamentary party.
However, Micheál Martin noted that he does not believe Fianna Fáil TDs will vote against Coveney.
Sinn Féin earlier confirmed that the party will table a motion of no-confidence in Simon Coveney.
Sinn Féin said the appointing of former minister Katherine Zappone as a UN Special Envoy for Freedom of Opinion and Expression was done without an essential transparent process.
The party said the appointment amounted to cronyism and fell below the standard expected of Government.
The Taoiseach confirmed that he would not sack Simon Coveney over the incident.
“Are we seriously suggesting that the appointment of a part-time envoy in itself justifies a vote of no confidence in a minister? I think that’s not proportionate or balanced,” Martin said.
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