Tanáiste Frances Fitzgerald resigns amid Maurice McCabe controversy
Former Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald is to resign from government, averting an almost certain General Election.
The embattled Tanaiste had been embroiled in controversy in the wake of her handling of information relating to an alleged smear campaign against Garda whistleblower Sgt. Maurice McCabe during the O'Higgins Inquiry.
Emails released in recent weeks suggest Frances Fitzgerald was aware of a planned 'aggressive legal strategy' by senior garda officials toward Sgt. McCabe during the Commission in May 2015, despite suggesting on official record that she found out almost a year later in 2016 when the matter came to media attention.
A second email revelation suggests the Garda Commissioner at the time, Noirin O'Sullivan, contacted the Department of Justice directly in July 2015 on foot of a request for information on such a legal strategy to the Garda Press Office from RTE.
It is suggested that a senior official in the Department flagged the contact with the Minister at the time, making that the second time she had become aware of such a legal strategy at O'Higgins.
Following this trail of controversy, Fianna Fáil tabled a motion of no confidence in Fitzgerald, mounting pressure on Leo Varadkar who had stood by Fitzgerald.
It is now reported that Fitzgerald has agreed to resign.
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