Wednesday 21 March 2018

FF's Martin holds fire on Tánaiste to avoid election

Opposition TDs proposed motion against Fitzgerald

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Picture: Arthur Carron
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin Picture: Arthur Carron

Niall O'Connor and John Downing

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin shot down a proposal to table a no-confidence motion in Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, telling his TDs and senators that it would spark a general election.

During a debate on the ongoing Garda crisis at last night's meeting of the parliamentary party, Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness challenged Mr Martin to consider a no-confidence motion in the Justice Minister.

However, Mr Martin shot down the proposal to table a motion of no confidence, telling TDs and senators: "This would cause a general election."

Meanwhile, head of Garda human resources John Barrett quoted a former boss saying "there is never just one cockroach" as he outlined his concerns over finances at Templemore Training College.

The remark is contained in a report he has sent to the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee on the situation at Templemore, which gives extensive details of his efforts to raise concerns about financial malpractice.

Irish Independent

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