Fianna Fáil’s threat to coalition’s future could weaken Ireland’s position as it goes into a critical phase of Brexit negotiations.

The timing of Ireland’s Fianna Fáil party’s decision to pull the trigger on the coalition government couldn’t be worse in terms of the nation’s post-Brexit future – and many will agree that it shows Westminster politicians do not have the monopoly on putting personal ambitions before country.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin insists he does not want a general election and will save the government if it gets its scalp – the resignation of the taoiseach’s deputy, Frances Fitzgerald.

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