Government facing motion of no confidence following Maurice McCabe controversy

The Government is facing a motion of no confidence after ongoing controversy surrounding Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

Sinn Féin is to table the motion in the Dail on Wednesday, with a vote on Thursday.

The minority Government arrangement requires Fianna Fáil to side with Fine Gael in any such motion.

A new opinion poll today puts Micheal Martin's party 11 points ahead of Fine Gael - but there hasn't yet been an indication of how the party will vote.

Group Political Editor of Independent News & Media Kevin Doyle, explains why Fianna Fáil might not want an election just yet:

While a Commission of Investigation is to examine whether there was a smear campaign against Sergeant Maurice McCabe the Government insists the Garda Commissioner has its full confidence.

However Cormac Lucey - former advisor in the Department of Justice believes Noirin O'Sullivan needs to go: