Thursday, 30 November 2017

Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney named new Irish deputy PM after whistleblower scandal

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has appointed his foreign affairs minister, Simon Coveney, as his new deputy premier.
It follows the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald over claims she was aware of a campaign to smear a whistleblowing police officer that could have brought down the country's minority government.
Announcing her replacement on Thursday, Mr Varadkar described Mr Coveney as "very conscious of the important role he plays as Minister of Foreign Affairs, as minister responsible for Brexit".

He added: "I believe his appointment as Tanaiste and deputy prime minister will enhance his position in representing the government overseas in the negotiations currently under way."

Mrs Fitzgerald quit earlier this week - before a no-confidence motion in her was due to be debated in the Irish parliament.

Fianna Fail, which props up Mr Varadkar's government, wanted Mrs Fitzgerald out over her involvement in the long-running police scandal.

SKY    News.