Simon Coveney survives no confidence motion as Deputy MacSharry resigns

Minister Simon Coveney survived a confidence motion in the Dáil last night, but the coalition is down a member.

South Donegal Deputy Marc MacSharry resigned the Fianna Fáil whip and voted against the Government.

But the support of a number of Independent TDs saw Minister Coveney win the motion 92 votes to 59.

During last night's debate he criticised Sinn Féin for pushing a confidence motion in the first place:

 

Sinn Fein says it has absolutely no regrets for putting down the motion in the first place.

South Donegal Deputy Martin Kenny has accused Minister Coveney of acting as though it's the 1970s: