The prime minister warned against resigning his job in response to last week’s unrest because those behind the violence will “see it as a victory and it may even embolden them”, reports RTE.
Leo Varadkar spoke out after Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou MacDonald accused Justice Minister Helen McEntee of dereliction of duty and demanded the Prime Minister remove her from her post.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Macdonald said the minister and the Garda commissioner had “lost control” of Dublin city centre last Thursday and he had “zero confidence” in their ability to deal with the matter.
However, Mr Varadkar said the Dáil during statements on last Thursday’s events in Dublin that “interfering in who gets appointed to, or are removed from positions such as Garda Commissioner, should not be taken lightly”, reports RTE.
He added: “And here in this chamber, we’ve seen justice ministers have their reputations destroyed, the chamber and opposition acting as judge, jury and executioner, only for those justice ministers to be vindicated at a later date. And I don’t believe that should happen again,” reports RTE.
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