Frances Fitzgerald received emails about ‘aggressive’ approach against Sgt Maurice McCabe being taken by police chiefs, documents claim

Ireland’s government moved a step closer to collapsing on Monday night after documents emerged allegedly revealing its embattled deputy prime minister was aware of proposed action against a whistleblower who warned of corruption in the Irish police force.

If the minority Fine Gael coalition falls it will precipitate a snap Christmas general election and weaken the hand of the republic’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, at the crucial EU summit on Brexit next month.

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