Daniel Murray: Sinn Féin takes as big a kicking as the government in McEntee confidence debate

The motion of confidence passed by 83 votes to 63, as government and opposition traded political blows

Helen McEntee will appear before the Oireachtas justice committee on Thursday

It was never really in doubt, but the government won its motion of confidence in Helen McEntee by a comfortable margin of 83 votes to 63 on Tuesday night.

With their majority propped up by a significant group of Independents, the government responded to Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence with its own reverse motion of confidence in the Minister for Justice, sparking an evening of fiery exchanges in the Dáil chamber.

The debate inevitably ...