Ivan Yates: "The Taoiseach doesn't seem to know what day of the week it is"

The Newstalk presenter and former government minister joined George Hook on High Noon today.

Ivan Yates has no doubts in his mind that the Government will fall sooner rather than later.

"Fianna Fáil will decide the timing of the next General Election. They're waiting for the best time to pull the plug. This [current saga] will blow over.  Nothing will be reformed, but Fine Gael will have to bite the bullet sooner or later [on Enda Kenny]."

The Newstalk presenter was talking to George Hook on High Noon today, giving his reaction to a saga that has been running, in his mind, since 2014.

"To pick the deputy commissioner then [in Noirin O'Sullivan] was weak.  What is the Garda Commissioner's long term strategy?  It was her mandate to change the culture, and since 2014, that has been doubled down on.''

Yates also questioned the need for more tribunals, inquiries and Commissions of Investigation.

"I wasn't impressed by the Fennelly Commission or the O'Higgins Commission. George, what they're saying in the pubs is that there was clear evidence of a manufacturing of allegations against Maurice McCabe".

"You don't need a super sleuth to figure out who did it.  We need to know who manufactured it, and then have a criminal investigation."

George wants people sacked, starting with the Taoiseach.

Ivan also told George that he reckons the grand coalition of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, with the latter as the junior partner, is the only government he sees as a possibility.

George threatened to turn in his Fine Gael badge if that were to ever happen.

Listen back to the full interview below.

Ivan Yates returns to Newstalk 106-108fm from Sunday April 2nd at 11.00am