Irish government faces pushback on decision to expel Russian diplomatBennie Garza28 March, 2018, 18:10
Russia's Ambassador to Ireland Yury Filatov leaving the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade inDublintoday.
Update 3pm: Thegovernment's decision to expel a Russian diplomat has been dubbed "stupid and dangerous" by People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett.
Ireland will take action against Russian in response to anerve agent attackin neighbouring England that the Britishgovernment has blamed on Moscow, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Monday.
The Kremlin is being blamed for using a nerve agent to attack a former spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom earlier this month.
"Essentially Taoiseach you are asking us to trust Boris Johnson (UK foreign secretary) and dare I say it this might not be the wisest course of action", she told the Taoiseach during exchanges in the Dail parliament. "Prime Minister Plenković is calling for solidarity with Great Britain, and the HSS does not remember Great Britain ever having shown solidarity with us, even though, for example, in 1991 there were many reasons for such a move".
'The attack in Salisbury was not just an attack against the United Kingdom, but an affront to the global rules-based system on which we all depend for our security and wellbeing.
Mr Varadkar replied that Mr Coveney would be available to the opposition parties on Tuesday afternoon for a briefing.
Mr Coveney is to brief his cabinet colleagues this morning on a security assessment on the role of 17 Irish-based Russian officers based at the country's embassy in Rathgar, Dublin.
It comes as a host of European Union member states as well as the USA expel Russian diplomatic staff from their countries in the wake of the Salisbury attack.
"At last week's European Council meeting, EU leaders unanimously agreed with the United Kingdomgovernment's assessment that the Russian Federation is highly likely to have been responsible for the attack in Salisbury. and that there is no plausible alternative explanation", the statement reads.
Britain itself has already expelled 23 Russian diplomats, with Moscow retaliating with a tit-for-tat move.