Independent Tipperary TD Michael Lowry has not put his team on notice and is very hopeful that a solution will be found to the controversy involving Minister Frances Fitzgerald and the Department of Justice.
Independent Tipperary TD Michael Lowry does not anticipate a snap election before Christmas and expected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin to find a solution to the current political impasse.
While the country holds its breath this afternoon, the Taoiseach and the Fianna Fail Leader are in Government buildings thrashing out the situation surrounding the controversy over Minister Frances Fitzgerald and the email she did, or did not, react to in relation to a smear campaign against Detective Sergeant Maurice McCabe. FF are threatening to pull the plug on the confidence and supply agreement which ensures that the Government functions, unless Minister Fitzgerald resigns her position. However, the Taoiseach is unwilling to thrown the Minister under the bus and has steadfastly supported her.
"I did not put my team on stand-by in relation to preparing for a General Election, because I am confident that sanity will prevail. I believe that the Minister is not the problem and there is a more fundamental and deep rooted problem at the heart of the Department of Justice. It is functioning as a completely separate entity to the Government and the Ministers office and that is just not on. Now is the time for them all to come together and grasp the nettle in terms of restructuring the department and its procedures. There has to be a change of mentality, attitude and culture within the department - it is absolutely incomprehensible that they did not co-operate fully with the terms of the Charlton Enquiry and blindsided the Minister and the Taoiseach with in-complete information. In political terms that is the one thing you do not do," Deputy Lowry said.
Deputy Lowry told The Tipperary Star that he believes the Taoiseach and Fianna Fail will find a compromise which leaves Minister Fitzgerald in place but which will result in a comprehensive and fundamental overhaul of the Department of Justice. "With the most important period in our history upon us with Brexit, the last thing we need right now is the distraction of an election. It would be totally unconscionable," Deputy Lowry said.
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