Justice Minister Helen McEntee said she would be happy to appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee to discuss the atrocity in Dublin last Thursday, but could not agree to the committee’s request for it to take place on Wednesday, reports RTE.
The spokesman said she would be deputizing for the Prime Minister in the Dáil on leadership matters that day, as well as responding to the private members’ bill in the Seanad and supplementing the recording devices bill.
The Minister will work with the Committee to arrange alternative dates.
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has also been invited to appear before the Justice Select Committee on Wednesday, reports RTE.
Police cars, a bus and a Luos car were set on fire, shops vandalized and looted and officers attacked in brutal scenes last Thursday.
Opposition politicians have called for the resignation of Commissioner Harris and Minister McEntee.
“She is doing a good job. Crime is changing and its difficult times that we are in, but we will address the challenge that we are being faced with,” Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys said, reports RTE.
“I don’t see what the point a motion of no confidence is. I’ve sat through the Dáil on many, many occasions with motions of no confidence. They achieve nothing. If we were spending our time bringing forward more legislation in terms of body cams, that I know that the minister is bringing this week, I think that that would be much more beneficial, and also the legislation on facial recognition,” she added, reports RTE.
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