Simon Coveney

Coveney Comfortably Expects To See Off Sinn Féin Motion Of No Confidence

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Simon Coveney has said he expects to survive a motion of no confidence in the Dáil tomorrow. The Minister says he’s spoken to coalition colleagues to firm up support within Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.

Coveney had perhaps the understatement of the week at the Fine Gael think-in in Co. Meath. ”You know this hasn’t been my finest month in politics!

He apologised for the awful communications around the now failed appointment of Katherine Zappone as UN Special Envoy, saying the process would have to be different in future.

But, he thinks he’ll survive a motion of no confidence in the Dáil tomorrow:

Well, look I hope we will have support across government. I know there are many people in government including in my own party who would much rather this issue hadn’t blown up into the political controversy that it has.”

Sinn Féin have pushed that motion. Party leader Mary Lou McDonald saying cronyism in Government needs to be stamped out.

This goes to the heart of how politics has been conducted here for decades and its the reasons why we have had bad government after bad government and nothing will change until cronyism is rooted out.”

Simon Coveney has been talking to his coalition colleagues in Fianna Fáil and the Greens to shore up their support, ahead of the Dáil’s return tomorrow.