Following last Thursday’s brutal and unprovoked stabbing attack in Dublin.Then the subsequent fall out with looting, riots and damage to state and private property that followed.

There has been immense pressure from opposition parties calling for resignations in the Dail and public forums.

Helen McEntee has stood her ground and defended her position.

A representative from Minister has issued the following statement  to us at Meath Live;

“Minister McEntee is absolutely focussed on her work in the Department of Justice and supporting An Garda Síochána as they keep us safe and maintain law and order.

The Minister’s thoughts remain with those injured in the appalling stabbings last Thursday, particularly the small girl and her carer who remain in hospital.

“Sinn Féin has again shown that they prioritise politics and point scoring rather than being united in facing the thugs and criminals responsible for the riots in Dublin.

“Sinn Féin has never supported An Garda Síochána, including Mary Lou McDonald using the appalling incident last Thursday to call for the Garda Commissioner’s resignation – echoing her own comments on the Commissioner’s appointment in 2018.

With a forthcoming election in the not too distant future and recent announcements of elected members calling it a day it is clear were Helen McEntee thoughts lie.

Next week Sinn Féin has tabled a motion of  no confidence in the Minister for Justice but as long as government holds support, McEntee will hold her office.

This week  also saw the news that Fergus O’Dowd (FG) and Imelda Munster (SF) today, will not be seeking re-election to the Dail.