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UK nerve agent attack - Tánaiste could not support Ireland "sitting on its hands"

The Tánaiste says he could not support Ireland "sitting on its hands" over the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

The government has announced one Russian diplomat will be expelled, following similar moves from the UK, US and some European countries.

Simon Coveney has dismissed suggestions the decision undermines our neutrality - and says Ireland had to act.

"Russia has offered several alternative and varying narratives of the events in Salisbury and has posed a number of rhetorical questions and to put it mildly none of them offers a plausible alternative explanation," said Mr Coveney.

"I think the idea that 16 other member states in the European Union would act and that Ireland would sit on its hands is not something that I was willing to support."