Justice Minister Survives No Confidence Motion

The motion was put forward by Sinn Féin following the handling of the riots in Dublin last month.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee has survived a confidence motion in the Dáil.

Sinn Féin tabled a no-confidence motion in the Minister before the Government countered with a motion expressing confidence in the Meath East Deputy.

The final vote finished 83 to 63.

Kildare South TD and Junior Agriculture Minister Martin Heydon says Sinn Féin is only thinking of the political playbook:

Tánaiste Micheál Martin says Sinn Féin’s claim that everyone could see the riots coming is a fabrication:

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, meanwhile, says Minister McEntee has failed in her role:

Longford Westmeath Sinn Féin TD Sorca Clarke says in the 12 years Fine Gael has been responsible for Justice, they’ve brought the number of Gardaí per population to their lowest levels ever.

She also says every day this out of touch party remain in office, the worse things are getting.

In a statement to Midlands 103, Deputy Clarke says:

"Garda morale is at an all time low, with more resigning than are joining. This means already scandalously low numbers are plummeting even further under Fine Gael. Every Garda recruitment target in recent years has been missed, and it will be missed again this year.

Successive Fine Gael Ministers have overseen the closure of 136 Garda stations. Communities need to see visible policing and to know that if a crime takes place the support they need will be there.

The final straw must be the terrible scenes we saw last week in Dublin - when control of our capital city was lost to the actions of thugs and criminals.

We need to put a stop to the failures and it is clear that Minister Helen McEntee must go. Our communities must be safe, and that can clearly not happen under the current Minister’s leadership."

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