Tánaiste forgoes scheduled visit to Kilkenny today

Junior ministers have taken up duties instead

Sam Matthews


Sam Matthews




Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald is not in Kilkenny today

It appears that under-fire Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald will now not visit Kilkenny today.

Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business Pat Breen and Minister of State for Financial Services Michael D’Arcy have deputised for the Tánaiste at the first of her scheduled engagements this morning, at Lyrath Estate Hotel. Up to 50 new local jobs were announced by Carne Global Financial Services as part of its expansion plans.

A further 80 new jobs are to be announced later today by Taxback International as part of the Taxback group. The Tánaiste had been expected to be on hand to announce them also.

Her itinerary for the day had also involved visiting the city’s new Medieval Mile Museum to launch ‘Invest Kilkenny’, which promotes the county as a ‘unique commercial location with exceptional connectivity, quality infrastructure, high calibre talent’.

However, Frances Fitzgerald is facing a motion of no confidence after Sinn Féin claimed it is 'abundantly clear' she needs to be forced from office due to the latest revelations in the Garda whistleblower saga. Fianna Fail has also indicated it will back the motion, potentially drawing the country into a Christmas election.