Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has this evening urged Fine Gael and Sinn Féin to stop stirring up talk of a snap election.

In what can be viewed as a significant intervention, Mr Martin said an election was not something people outside the bubble of Leinster House were talking about.

He said that his party has given a commitment to facilitate the passing of three budgets and will honour that pledge given in the Confidence and Supply Agreement.

Mr Martin was responding to comments from the Taoiseach today who said that Sinn Féin or Fianna Fáil could trigger a snap election.

However, Mr Martin said the talk of an election was coming exclusively from Fine Gael and Sinn Féin.

Much of this stems from speculation that Sinn Féin could table a no confidence motion in the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

Mr Martin said the central fact remains that no such motion has been tabled.

Earlier, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he had "no interest in a snap election" and if there is one, it will be caused by Sinn Féin or Fianna Fáil.


Speaking at the opening of the new McArdle Skeath facility in west Dublin, the Taoiseach said his focus was on the business of Government, and it was others who were creating "side shows and pulling stunts".

He said: "I've no interest in a snap election. My focus is on securing jobs in the economy, negotiating Brexit, securing more houses and dealing with some of the issues in healthcare.

"If Fianna Fáil wants to cause an election by refusing to renew the confidence and supply agreement, or if Sinn Féin wants to cause it through a motion of no confidence, then they will be the cause of it."

Leo Varadkar said his focus was 'on the business of Government'

Yesterday, Fianna Fáil refused to rule out supporting a possible no confidence motion in the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

Asked if he would fully support Mr Murphy if there is a motion of no confidence in him, Mr Varadkar said: "Absolutely. 100%".

He said he had no reason to believe that Fianna Fáil would not hold to the confidence and supply agreement if there was a motion of no confidence.

The Taoiseach said his focus was "on the business of Government. It's others who are creating side shows and pulling stunts".

Additional reporting: Justin McCarthy