Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said that forcing Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to resign ‘is not a proportionate response’.
Martin described Sinn Féin’s decision to table a motion of no-confidence in Coveney as “old-style naked opposition politics”.
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 motion of no-confidence states that Coveney has not credibly explained the manner in which the appointment was handled and the Taoiseach failed to take an appropriate response.
Matt Carthy TD said Sinn Féin has no choice but to table the motion of no-confidence.
Speaking this morning with RTE, the Taoiseach said it was “rich” of Sinn Féin and it is an attempt of divide and conquer.
“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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