Taoiseach Leo Varadkar could call general election for next month
The comments come just a day ahead of the crunch meeting with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál MartinThe Taoiseach has up until now insisted that a May election date would be his preference.
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Ethics inquiries into three Fianna Fáil TDs involved in the Votegate controversy have collapsed with the dissolution of the 32nd Dáil.
The Oireachtas confirmed that all inquiries by the Dáil Members' Interests Committee fall with the General Election under way.
Fine Gael's complaints against Fianna Fáil TDs Niall Collins and Timmy Dooley and the party's Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers were being considered.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said it was "regrettable" that the inquiries were not finalised but would not be drawn on whether they should be taken up in the next Dáil.
Leo Varadkar refuses to rule out the Dail not returning next week as General Election looms
There is growing speculation this evening that Leo wants to call an election this weekend .Following a special Cabinet meeting on disability issues, Mr Varadkar faced the press where he was bombarded with questions about the election.He was asked numerous times - including by the Irish Mirror - if he could commit to the Dáil returning next week, and he couldn’t.
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The committee had made no final decision on Mr Dooley and Mr Collins, who were both removed from the Fianna Fáil frontbench after the Irish Independent revealed that Mr Collins voted six times for Mr Dooley who was not present in the Dáil chamber last October.
Ms Chambers has been the subject of a complaint after footage showed seven votes being attributed to Mr Dooley while she was sitting in his place in a Dáil voting block last year. Mr Dooley said he was in chamber at the time.
Varadkar's plea: give me four more months .
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will turn to controversial Independent TDs Noel Grealish and Michael Lowry in a bid to cling to power for the next four months. Mr Varadkar is under pressure from his ministers to put distance between recent controversies, including the Black and Tans debacle, and the forthcoming general election.