LISTEN: Local Oireachtas members welcome Tanaiste’s decision to resign

The Taoiseach says Frances Fitzgerald is a good woman who has left office without getting a full and fair hearing.

The Tanaiste has stood down following her handling of the garda whistleblower controversy.

Frances Fitzgerald said she is putting the national interest ahead of her career and is also avoiding a potentially destabilising general election.

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Longford Westmeath Fine Gael Deputy Peter Burke says he doesn’t believe the party has been hurt in the last few days.

He says the Taoiseach made it clear that he was supporting Frances Fitzgerald and that Fine Gael believes in justice.

Deputy Burke is welcoming the promise by the Taoiseach to bring in reforms at the Dept of justice…

Independent Alliance TD and OPW Minister Kevin Boxer Moran says he believes the confidence and supply agreement can resume and continue between the parties after this high stakes battle, but he says the Independent Alliance members will want to see a serious overhaul of the Dept of Justice…

Roscommon based Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed the decision of Frances Fitzgerald to resign today.

Senator Feighan says he believes the Taoiseach was right in supporting her as long as he did, but that events had left the Tánaiste with no option but to do what she felt she had to…