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The Tanaiste of Ireland, the deputy head of the government, has stepped down, removing the pressing threat of a snap election that many worried would become a major distraction from negotiations regarding Brexit.
Frances Fitzgerald said that she is stepping down from her post for the sake of the country and to dodge a general election.
Since Fitzgerald became involved in a new scandal surrounding a police whistleblower, her position has been in question. Recently, released documents revealed that in 2015, Fitzgerald, the then justice minister, had been informed regarding an attempt to discredit the whistleblower, which was a year earlier than she had earlier admitted.
Fitzgerald said that she had forgotten receiving the said email that was bringing the attacks against Sergeant Maurice McCabe to her attention.
While Leo Varadkar, the Taoiseach and a Fine Gael leader, said that he supported Fitzgerald remaining as his deputy, after increased pressure from the main opposition party, Fianna Fail, that props up the minority government of Fine Gael, agreed to submit her resignation today.
As a result, Fianna Fail stated that a snap election is not likely to be pursued.