Saturday 17 August 2019

#HaveYourSay: Is the email controversy an election issue?

Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald was answering questions about her handling of the controversy in the Dail
Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald was answering questions about her handling of the controversy in the Dail
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Fianna Fáil is set to lodge a motion of no confidence in Frances Fitzgerald today.

The party is lodging its motion over Ms Fitzgerald's lack of response to an email outlining clashes between legal teams for An Garda Síochána and whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe in 2015.

The email from May 2015 informed Ms Fitzgerald of events at the O’Higgins Commission.

It said that lawyers for then-Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan were going to raise Mr McCabe’s claim that a serious allegation against him was not property investigated when, in fact, a file was sent to the DPP who directed no prosecution.

Read more: Everything we know about the email at the centre of the crisis

The email was discovered by officials on November 9 but Mr Flanagan wasn’t told for four days.

Fianna Fáil is adamant that Mrs Fitzgerald should resign in the national interest so as to avoid an election.

The Opposition party's stance could collapse the confidence and supply agreement with the minority Fine Gael led Government.

Read more: Explained: A time-line of the Maurice McCabe controversy

If the Dáil is dissolved in the coming fays it is likely that a general election would be called at some point between December 15 and 23.

Do you think the email controversy warrants a general election?

Let us know what you think by tweeting #IndoSubmit or have your say by emailing contact@independent.ie.

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