From top: Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán Clancy (left) and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney; Russian Ambassador to Ireland Yury Anatoliyevich Filatov
Via RTÉ News:
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has spoken of his surprise that the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán Clancy, met the Russian ambassador to Ireland last Friday.
Mr Coveney made the comments at last night’s meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party.
In late November 2021, Mr Filatov requested a courtesy call with Lieutenant General Clancy and the meeting was arranged for late January 2022.
The meeting was held on 21 January in the Chief of Staff’s Office, McKee Barracks, Dublin.
John Brady, Sinn Fein’s Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Defence, has accused Mr Coveney of “undermining” the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lieutenant General Seán Clancy with his comments about meeting with the Russian Ambassador to Ireland.
Mr Coveney “took it upon himself in a public way” to make these comments and that it was “poor judgement” to do this, Mr Brady said.
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