McLoughlin slams Sinn Fein; Doherty insists government must go

The first moves to replace Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader were launched last night – hours before the Government won a vote of confidence in itself.

Ministers Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar called for the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party to begin preparations as early as next week for a general election in the wake of the Garda whistleblower scandal.

Hours later the Government won a motion of confidence in itself by 57 to 52 with Fianna Fáil abstaining.

Government Ministers attacked Sinn Féin for the motion of no confidence.

Sligo/Leitrim Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin accused Sinn Fein of playing politics with a sensitive issue for the family of whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.

However, Donegal Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty insists the government has to go.