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Taoiseach urged to hold off on calling election

By Staff Reporter

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has called Taoiseach Leo Varadkar not to collapse the Irish government until Brexit issues have been resolved.

Mr Martin wrote to the Fine Gael leader on Friday suggesting that they both commit to maintaining the Dublin administration in its current form until a deal has been ratified.

Mr Martin wrote: "In light of recent developments and as we head into this critical period on Brexit I think it best if we both state upfront, irrespective of what happens during the supply review process, that we both agree not to bring down the government."

Fianna Fail and Fine Gael entered into a confidence and supply agreement in May 2016 which enabled the formation of the current minority, Fine Gael-led government.

The agreement is now up for review.

He said both parties should continue to pass the Finance Bill and other legislation at least until a deal was reached between the UK and the EU on Brexit and it had been ratified by Westminster and Strasbourg.

A Fianna Fail spokesman said the two leaders agreed to meet next week.

If Mr Varadkar agrees to the Fianna Fail leader's proposal, it would mean a general election would be unlikely before Christmas. EU leaders are to meet to discuss the Brexit negotiations at a crunch summit in Brussels next week.

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