Sunday 25 February 2018

Mattie McGrath has 'stand-up row' with acting Minister Paschal Donohoe

Mattie McGrath Photo: Arthur Carron
Mattie McGrath Photo: Arthur Carron

Barry Lennon

Independent TD Mattie McGrath described yesterday's talks in which he had "stand-up row" with Minister Paschal Donohoe as "frustrating".

Mr McGrath said issues would have to be further discussed delaying a vote for Taoiseach today.

"Yesterday we were told we'd get a draft document done by 10am and we'd get out by 4pm," said Mr McGrath outside Leinster House.

"We didn't get it until 2.30pm. I was incensed by that."

Mr Donohoe said "out of resepect for the Independents" he would not predict  how many would additional TDs vote for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.

"The vote will go ahead as scheduled today at 12, he said.

"This process has to come to an end today."

Meanwhile, Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan said the Labour Party would meet to decide this morning whether it would vote for Mr Kenny.

She declined to comment further.

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