Tánaiste to make statement on leak allegations

Tánaiste to make statement on leak allegations

The Tánaiste will make a statement this afternoon addressing allegations he leaked documentation during his time as Taoiseach.

The Tánaiste is expected to make a statement this afternoon addressing allegations he leaked documentation during his time as Taoiseach.

Reacting to the report in Village magazine that claims the then Taoiseach Leo Varadkar provided a confidential copy of a state contract to the head of a rival organisation, Labour’s Enterprise spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said: “The Minister for Enterprise must clarify and confirm whether what is reported happened.

“This would be a serious breach of the Code of Conduct for Officeholders and potentially of other laws.

“Significantly such an act could have exposed the State to a claim for damages.”

Sinn Féin business spokesperson Louise O’Reilly said that Leo Varadkar has “serious questions to answer".

“This is an extremely serious situation and the Fine Gael leader needs to make a full statement on the matter immediately.

"This is information that could have been of financial benefit to this rival organisation.

“There are laws in place to stop such insider dealing from happening."

On Twitter, Fianna Fáil TD Jim O’Callaghan also called on the Tánaiste clarify the matter, and labeled the allegation as “serious and specific".

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