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No plan for an election if government talks crash - Taoiseach

Varadkar tells Martin and Ryan he is unaware of reported 'plot'

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Dismissive: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was forced to deny his Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy was up to something. Photo: Frank McGrath

Dismissive: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was forced to deny his Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy was up to something. Photo: Frank McGrath

Dismissive: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was forced to deny his Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy was up to something. Photo: Frank McGrath

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told Micheál Martin and Eamon Ryan he is not planning to hold a snap election if government formation talks collapse.

During a two-hour meeting yesterday, Mr Varadkar reassured the Fianna Fáil and Green Party leaders he was not plotting an election, after a row broke out over the weekend.

The scheduled meeting took place after Fianna Fáil TDs criticised Fine Gael for asking civil servants to prepare for the possibility of an election during a pandemic.