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Ireland edges toward special election as government teeters

DUBLIN — Ireland’s political turmoil deepened Friday, pushing the minority government in Dublin toward collapse just weeks before it is set to play a central role in negotiations over Britain’s planned departure from the European Union.

The government of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is able to remain in power only with the support of the main opposition party Fianna Fail that, on Friday, submitted a motion of no-confidence in his deputy prime minister, Frances Fitzgerald — part an enduring dispute over her role in a policing scandal.

The move could lead to an early election.

Fitzgerald could defuse the crisis herself by resigning. But she has shown no sign she will do so.