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Ireland Varadkar ‘doing everything’ to avoid snap election amid whistleblower row

08:20  28 november  2017
08:20  28 november  2017 Source:   pressassociation.com

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LEO Varadkar said he is doing everything he can to avoid a snap Christmas election amid a political row over the treatment of a whistleblower .

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She received lines to take in public on Sergeant Maurice McCabe, who was taking part in a judicial investigation into policing in the Irish midlands.

The future of Ms Fitzgerald’s ministerial career hangs in the balance as critics are pressing for her resignation over her handling of the 2015 email that revealed attempts to discredit the Garda whistleblower.

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© PA WIRE Irish Government Ireland's minority Government is set to narrowly avoid a snap general election after a senior minister caved in to pressure and resigned over her handling of information about the treatment of a whistleblower . Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirmed the news in a phone call

Maurice McCabe © Provided by The Press Association Maurice McCabe She has said she cannot recall the contents of the message.

A 2015 email from one of Ms Fitzgerald’s officials said: “The Garda Commissioner phoned me to let me know they had received queries from Colm O’Mongain about Sgt McCabe.

“They were asked was it the case that Sgt McCabe was looking to be taken out of the traffic unit in Mullingar and was it the Garda Commissioner who had instructed counsel to adopt an aggressive stance towards Sgt McCabe at the O’Higgins Commission. “The Gardai are not commenting.”

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"And I'm not sure the country can afford it." But Irish Taoiseach, the equivalent to the UK’s Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar is “ doing everything he can” to avoid a snap general election , a spokesman said Sunday.

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar “is doing everything he can” to avoid a snap general election , his spokesman said, but the crisis that has brought his minority government to the brink showed no obvious sign of resolution on Sunday.

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Leo Varadkar was expected to hold the latest round of talks on Monday evening with Micheal Martin, leader of the main opposition party Fianna Fail which is propping him up on key votes, as he attempts to save his minority Government from a vote of no confidence on Tuesday.

According to emails released by the justice department on Monday night, an official emailed then Ms Fitzgerald on lines to take if Sgt Maurice McCabe was raised with her.

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar “is doing everything he can” to avoid a snap general election , his spokesman said, but the crisis that has brought his minority government to the brink showed no obvious sign of resolution on Sunday.

This followed queries from the RTE journalist Mr O’Mongain.

The official continued: “I understand that some weeks ago Sgt McCabe indicated to his authorities in Mullingar that he no longer wanted to stay in his post in the traffic unit.

“Apparently he blamed the Commissioner for this though he said he could not be more specific as he was bound by confidentiality.”

This coincided with hearings at the O’Higgins Commission which investigated policing in the Irish midlands.

The email added: “Sgt McCabe remains in his post at the Traffic Unit, though in practice his time recently has been taken up giving evidence to the Commission.”

A department of justice civil servant wrote that the minister had “noted” an email surrounding the matter which has already been released by the Tanaiste.

Fianna Fail, which has been supporting the minority Fine Gael led government, has demanded the resignation of deputy premier Ms Fitzgerald over the affair.

Last-ditch negotiations, which could see a radical overhaul of justice affairs, are said to have been constructive.

“We are trying to find a middle way that allows the Government to continue and continue with the important work we are doing, particularly with Brexit and ensuring that we have necessary legislation through,” the Taoiseach said. “We are doing everything we can.”

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