Fianna Fáil insist Frances Fitzgerald needs to resign to avoid Christmas election

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Fianna Fáil insist Frances Fitzgerald needs to resign as part of any deal to avoid a Christmas election.

Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin will meet again today for crisis talks after negotiations over the weekend.

Both sides said progress has been made, with some suggestions that a radical restructuring of the Department of Justice may be enough to stave off an election.

But Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne says Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has to go to avoid a winter vote: