A standoff has emerged between the opposition and Fine Gael over the Tánaiste’s handling of the Maurice McCabe controversy, but it’s understood the leaders of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail will meet today.
Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail have both tabled motions of no confidence in Frances Fitzgerald but the two largest parties say the issue could be resolved if Francis Fitzgerald resigns.
Speaking this morning on Deise Today, Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey said that his party were not going to allow Sinn Fein to bring the Tánaiste before a “kangaroo court” and accused Fianna Fáil of being the ones to violate the terms the confidence and supply agreement between his party and theirs.
In response to Senator Coffey’s comments, Sinn Fein’s David Cullinane said the motion of no confidence was purely about political accountability, something he said was “anathema” to Fine Gael.
“We have a job to do and a political responsibility,” he said, “so I think the words ‘kangaroo court’ were used purposely.”
Deputy Cullinane also said that his party’s attempt to hold the Tánaiste to account did not equate to abuse.