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Sunday 4 December 2016

Taoiseach ridicules 'no confidence' motions

Mary Lou McDonald
Mary Lou McDonald

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has ridiculed the two main opposition parties over their move to submit motions of no confidence in him and Attorney General Maire Whelan.

Mr Kenny suggested that the motions submitted by Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein following the publication of the Fennelly Commission report are nothing but attempts to "gain publicity" and pursue their own political agendas.

Fianna Fail leader Mich-eal Martin submitted the first motion of no confidence in Mr Kenny, a move that was followed by Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald (pictured).

Ms McDonald subsequently announced that her party believes the position of the AG is now "untenable" as a result of the 300-page report.

Hindsight

Meanwhile, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin yesterday hinted at a level of annoyance within the Labour Party over the decision not to inform the then Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore sooner in relation to the garda tapes.

"I suppose, in hindsight, it probably would have been better had that discussion taken place with the Tanaiste on the Monday," Mr Howlin said.

A second Labour source, speaking privately, said it was clear that Mr Gilmore was "not kept in the loop".

"To be fair, I think Kenny knows that as well," the source told the Herald last night.

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