A Kerry TD has said John Halligan needs to knuckle down as Minister and show common sense.
Michael Healy-Rae made the comments after he was asked whether he would support the minority Government if the Waterford junior minister were to leave.
Deputy Healy-Rae says this is a hypothetical situation as Minister Halligan is currently in Government.
Last May, during Government formation talks, Deputy Michael Healy-Rae was accused of passing up an alleged offer of a senior ministry from Taoiseach Enda Kenny – something, the TD denied.
The Kerry TD says even if John Halligan were to resign as a junior minister, the coalition Government could hold onto power by relying on the support of deputies such as Tipperary TD, Michael Lowry.
Michael Healy-Rae says no one wants an election so soon after last February’s contest which would cost taxpayers €40 million.