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Sinn Féin no-confidence motion in Simon Coveney a ‘publicity stunt’ – Humphreys

Fine Gael Minister Heather Humphreys has accused Sinn Féin of staging a “publicity stunt” in tabling a motion of no-confidence in Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney.

Speaking with RTE, Humphreys conceded that the appointing of Katherine Zappone to a UN Special Envoy role had not been handled well.

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However, she said there is more important issues to deal with at the moment.

“When you look at the instability in Northern Ireland, discussions on the protocol, risk to the institutions, it would really serve Sinn Féin better to be supporting Simon Coveney and working with them to try and find solutions in Northern Ireland, instead of wasting time on publicity stunts, such as this no-confidence motion,” Humphreys said.

Sinn Féin is to use its speaking slot on Wednesday to table a motion of no-confidence in Minister Simon Coveney.

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Humphreys claimed Coveney was instrumental in preventing a hard border with Northern Ireland and said “his experience is needed more than ever”.

“He’s an honourable person, he’s genuine in his efforts to find solutions to difficult problems, he’s experienced, he’s well respected across Europe.”

IMAGE – “Heather Humphreys” by Jason Clarke is licensed under CCBY4.0

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