Frances Fitzgerald to resign as Tanaiste of Ireland

Frances Fitzgerald to resign as Tanaiste of Ireland

IRISH Deputy Prime Minister Frances Fitzgerald will announce her resignation later today, according to sources.

The news comes following weeks of revelations of her involvement in a police whistleblower controversy.

Fresh emails leaked online last night which seem to have put the final nail in the coffin for the jobs minister.

Ministers are continuing to meet in Leinster House but it’s understood Ms. Fitzgerald has indicated a willingness to stand aside rather than push the country to a General Election.

The Dáil is due to sit at 2 pm at which point Ms. Fitzgerald may choose to make a statement.

The move is likely to remove the threat of an election before Christmas.

Fianna Fáil sources said they will ease the pressure on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar if Ms. Fitzgerald stands down.