Monday 19 March 2018

'Boris Johnson is a charlatan,' says Minister Donohoe

Minister Paschal Donohoe Photo: Tom Burke
Minister Paschal Donohoe Photo: Tom Burke

Ryan Nugent

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson has been described as a "charlatan" by Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe.

The Dublin Central TD said Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner, helped lead Britain into an uncertain future.

He said Johnson's idea of politics are a lot different to his.

"I think Boris Johnson is a charlatan," Mr Donohoe said. "I think he led the country down the garden path that he believed was the right thing for the United Kingdom and now he doesn't have the conviction of dealing with the consequences of his choice," he added.

And in an interview with 'Hot Press', the minister said that he'd be in favour of changes to the Eighth Amendment when it came to cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormalities.

"Where at any point conception happens where violence is used, whether that be rape or incest, I also believe it's an option that should be open to women who face that awful situation," he said.

"We have said that we will have the citizens' assembly in place by October.

"I believe that the process we have now, which is the same process we put in place in relation to the marriage equality referendum, is the right way to deal with this," he added.

Mr Donohoe also reiterated his support for the Taoiseach to remain as leader of Fine Gael.

He said the effect David Cameron's resignation had in the UK is a perfect example of why leaders should not give a timeline of when they will step down.

"I think there are great risks in him laying out the timetable for when he would look to leave office," he said.

The minister said he didn't know who he would vote for in the Fine Gael leadership race as he doesn't know who will run yet.

Irish Independent

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