Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland 'resigns' amid whistleblower crisis

  28 November 2017    Read: 956
Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland 'resigns' amid whistleblower crisis
Ireland's deputy prime minister Frances Fitzgerald has agreed to resign over handling of a police whistleblowing scandal, pulling the country back from the brink of a snap election, reports citing the Independent.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed his deputy would stand down in a phone call to opposition leader, Fianna Fail's Micheal Martin, whose party threatened to bring down Ireland's minority government over the affair.

Just hours before a motion of no confidence was due to be held in Ms Fitzgerald, Mr Varadkar telephoned Mr Martin to confirm the decision, a Fianna Fail party source said.

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The move looks set to thwart a political crisis in Dublin, which would have cast a shadow over Brexit negotiations.

Mr Martin "has put huge personal effort into resolving this issue and averting a general election - and it looks like that may well have been achieved," Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath told RTE radio.

The parties met to hold last-minute talks to avoid a government collapse.

Fianna Fail wanted Ms Fitzgerald ousted over her involvement in a long-running police scandal, revolving around her knowledge of an aggressive legal strategy against a respected police officer during a private inquiry in 2015.

Mr Varadkar's Fine Gael party backed Ms Fitzgerald ahead of a motion of no-confidence due to be voted on tonight.

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