Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade Darragh O’Brien has sought a meeting with Minister Simon Coveney to discuss the situation concerning allegations against the Russian government.

Deputy O’Brien explained, “I have written to Minister Coveney seeking a formal meeting to discuss the government’s position in relation to possible plans to sanction Russia in the wake of the Salisbury incident in the UK.  I have already expressed concerns about certain comments made by the Taoiseach last week relating to the possible expulsion of Russian ambassadors.

“The government should not be rushing to judgement before having a thorough, objective & neutral assessment of allegations, and this is something I intend to raise with Minister Coveney.

“However, the reports which have emerged this morning about the financial dealings of Russian citizens living in Ireland are a matter of concern.

“I understand that our own security and justice services are compiling information on what options are open to the government in the event that it deems it necessary to take action against Russia.

“Given the gravity of the situation, I have asked for an update from Minister Coveney on current developments and any measures the government is considering. I will also be requesting that time is allocated to discuss the issue in the Dáil this week”.