Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Irish deputy prime minister Frances Fitzgerald to resign amid crisis

The Irish Prime Minister has written to the leader of the country's biggest opposition party confirming that the Irish deputy prime minister Frances Fitzgerald has offered her resignation.
Leo Varadkar said he had accepted it.

It comes ahead of a Fianna Fáil motion of no confidence in Ms Fitzgerald, which was due to be debated in the Dáil (Irish parliament) at 20:00 local time.

Ms Fitzgerald had been at the centre of a controversy which could have resulted in a snap general election.

She had been under pressure to resign because of her inaction in supporting a Garda (Irish police) whistleblower whom she had been publicly defending as Irish justice minister.
Last week it was revealed that she had been told of an attempt to discredit Sgt Maurice McCabe by lawyers for the Garda Commissioner at a commission of enquiry a year earlier than she had previously admitted.

She said she had forgotten the email and was precluded forgone acting on legal advice.

The publication of further emails on Monday showed she had been aware of the attempt to discredit the whistleblower on one other occasion and was seen by many in her Fine Gael party as undermining her position.

BBC       News.