DONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle has said that he will not support the Government’s motion of confidence in Tánaiste Leo Varadkar.
A motion is expected to be debated in the Dáil later today.
Killybegs-based Independent TD Pringle said: “How can you have confidence in somebody who leaks official documents, undermining best practice of standards in public office?”’
Sinn Féin had tabled a motion of no confidence in the Tánaiste, but in response the Government will table a counter motion of confidence in the Tánaiste, which the Dáil will take up first.
Deputy Pringle was at a meeting of the business committee yesterday where it was proposed that the Dáil move to the Convention Centre today for the motion.
To maintain social distancing, the Dáil meets in the convention centre when all deputies are required to be present to vote.
Deputy Pringle said this move should not have been necessary.
He said: “There’s no reason why the Government couldn’t have put forward their motion to be taken on Wednesday, which means we wouldn’t have to move today.”
Deputy Pringle said the government’s tabling of a confidence motion will also mean less speaking time on the motion for the opposition.