Fine Gael and Sinn Féin come to blows as McEntee’s position in peril

Leo Varadkar defended the justice minister from stinging critcism from Sinn Féin amid calls for her resignation

Helen McEntee: The minister for justice is in the firing line following a series of violent riots in Dublin last weekend. Picture: John Allen

The government’s response to riots in Dublin is and will be robust, the Taoiseach insisted as Sinn Féin levelled accusations of “delusion”.

Leo Varadkar said he has full confidence in gardaí, Garda management and Helen McEntee, the minister for justice, after Mary-Lou McDonald pressed for her removal.

The Sinn Féin president said the riots were a situation that had been “building for months” and noted that the Canadian, Australian and UK have issued warnings to ...