Wednesday 16 January 2019

Ministers and MEPs ordered off Twitter amid fears comments could be 'twisted' in London

 

Sky News did attend a media opportunity with Tánaiste Simon Coveney on the renewed Confidence and Supply Agreement in Dublin – but Mr Coveney batted away questions about Mrs May’s plight. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Sky News did attend a media opportunity with Tánaiste Simon Coveney on the renewed Confidence and Supply Agreement in Dublin – but Mr Coveney batted away questions about Mrs May’s plight. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A 'lockdown of thumbs' was ordered by senior Government figures in Dublin yesterday as Conservative MPs attempted to oust Theresa May.

While Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is understood to have wanted the British prime minister to survive the heave, a decision was taken to make no public comment until the row was resolved.

Ministers, MEPs and Fine Gael TDs received text messages early yesterday warning them to cancel any planned interviews with UK journalists or outlets.

And those appearing on Irish media were told not to engage in questions about the UK leadership battle.

One text read: "No tweets, no doorsteps, no interviews, no comment - stay out of UK political leadership issues."

Sky News did attend a media opportunity with Tánaiste Simon Coveney on the renewed Confidence and Supply Agreement in Dublin - but Mr Coveney batted away questions about Mrs May's plight.

"I don't think it's helpful for me to make comments in relation to a very sensitive vote that's going to take place this evening in London," he said around the same time that MPs were gathering to decide Mrs May's fate.

"We made a clear decision to stay out of it. This is a matter for the British Conservative Party," Mr Coveney said, adding anything he might say could be "twisted" in London.

Irish Independent

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