The independent TD Noel Grealish has pledged to give the government "necessary support" during the Brexit negotiations to strengthen the stability of the minority administration.

The TD of Galway West said that he had made the decision following a meeting with Tánaiste Simon Coveney and a long conversation with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

In a statement released Saturday night by the Taoiseach Ministry, Mr. Grealish said:

"Ireland is now entering one of the most critical and uncertain phases since the founding of our state, and it is in the best interest of our country as a whole to have a stable government at this crucial time."

"I've also talked to Fianna Fáil's leader, Micheál Martin, and I believe there is a compelling public interest that must be served at this time that outweighs the interests of any politician, whether alone or in concert."

The working majority of the government was threatened this week with the resignation of Denis Naughten as Secretary of Communications because of a controversy that has challenged the future of the national broadband plan.


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