November 24, 2017 / 11:07 AM / a year ago

Irish PM's party says government deal dead if opposition submits confidence motion

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The deal propping up the Irish government will be dead if opposition party Fianna Fail submits a motion of no confidence in the deputy prime minister before a 1100 deadline, Employment minister Regina Doherty said on Friday.

It had been unclear whether the ruling party considered submitting the motion sufficient to violate the terms of the three-year deal, which Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s minority government depends on to rule, or whether it would consider the deal broken only when a vote on the motion was taken.

Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Peter Graff

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