Watch out, Leo! Varadkar’s minister hints at leadership challenge as pressure piles on PM

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Earlier this week, it was revealed Ireland could postpone plans for a general election amid fears Mr Varadkar will need more time to steady the country after a possible no deal Brexit. Ireland fears Britain leaving the European Union on October 31 without an agreement in place could spark an economic disaster, with 50,000 jobs possibly at risk in such a scenario. Instead of trying to trigger an early general election, a spokesman for government partners Fianna Fail, who prop up the Irish Prime Minister on a confidence and supply basis, insisted they would support Mr Varadkar’s Fine Gael for a fourth budget under their joint pact.

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Michael McGrath told Irish broadcaster RTÉ the country’s voters would much prefer their politicians to focus on challenges of a “crash out Brexit” instead of pushing for a general election.

In May, an Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll revealed Mr Varadkar’s approval rating had plummeted to record lows.

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Satisfaction with the Irish Prime Minister fell by seven points to 36 percent – the lowest level since he became Taoiseach in 2017.

The poll was taken from May 7-9 among 500 voters in each of the three European Parliament constituencies.

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Watch out, Leo! Varadkar’s minister hints at leadership challenge as pressure piles on PM

Earlier this week, it was revealed Ireland could postpone plans for a general election amid fears Mr Varadkar will need more time to steady the country after a possible no deal Brexit. Ireland fears Britain leaving the European Union on October 31 without an agreement in place could spark an economic disaster, with 50,000 jobs possibly at risk in such a scenario.

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