Updated: 27/11/17 : 18:22:02
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Last ditch attempt this evening to avoid election

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin will meet again this evening in an effort to prevent a Christmas election.

Fianna Fáil wants the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald to resign over the Maurice McCabe controversy and a motion of no confidence is due to take place tomorrow.

If a compromise is not reached between the two parties then the country will take to the polls.

Fine Gael have stood firmly behind Frances Fitzgerald and speaking this evening the Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, believes an election can still be avoided.

"This particular time in the juncture of negotiations in Europe for Ireland, it is not the right time for the country to go to the polls," said Ms Doherty.

"I think the two leaders who are sitting around trying to find a resolution here will find a political resolution here and allow due process to happen in the Charleton Tribunal and for us all to get back to work and do what we're being paid to do."

The Taoiseach said earlier today he is doing everything he can to avoid a snap Christmas election amid a political row over the treatment of a whistleblower.

Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, said an election would be a distraction from other more vital work such as tackling one of Ireland's worst homelessness crises which could be delayed.