Talks Between Leo Varadkar And Micheál Martin Continue Today

Elaine Stenson
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Talks between Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin are to continue today in a bid to solve the political impasse between the parties as Fianna Fáil’s motion of no confidence is scheduled for tomorrow night.

In the meantime a trawl of documents in the Department of Justice is ongoing.

Throughout the weekend, the Taoiseach and the Fianna Fáil leader met and kept in contact, in an effort to stave off a Christmas election.

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The meetings were described as productive, but also sensitive, as both sides stick to their respective lines that the Tánaiste must stay, or go.

Yesterday it emerged that the Department of Justice had received a second briefing, this time from the then Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan, regarding her legal strategy to question the motivation of Sgt Maurice McCabe – but in this instance, Frances Fitzgerald was not informed.

A trawl of documents at the Department of Justice will continue this morning, with any further evidence set to be delivered to the Disclosures Tribunal. 

Unless a solution can be found in the next 36 hours or so, a Christmas election is looking inevitable.