Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will not be prosecuted for leaking a confidential GP contract to a friend when he was Taoiseach, Independent.ie can reveal.
The head of the public prosecutor’s office has decided not to press charges in the case after a lengthy investigation in Garda.
The move paves the way for Mr. Varadkar to become the Taoiseach again, replacing Micheál Martin in December.
All parties in the case have now been informed that no charges will be filed.
In a statement released tonight, Mr Varadkar said he was pleased with the outcome and thanked his government colleagues, partner and family for their “faith, trust and confidence” in him.
“I was informed this evening by my attorney that the DPP has determined that I have no case to answer in relation to my disclosure of a document to the President of the NAGP in 2019.
“I have always maintained that the allegations leveled against me were false. I am pleased with the result of a very thorough investigation.
“I would like to thank the Taoiseach, Minister Ryan, my Fine Gael party colleagues, my party, my staff, my partner and my family for their faith, trust and trust in me at a difficult time for all of us. I will make a full statement in due course.”
Tánaiste’s family doctor and friend, Leo Varadkar, who is at the center of the case, has also been told he will not be charged with wrongdoing.
dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail was being investigated by Gardaí as he was head of the now defunct National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) when Mr Varakdar handed him a confidential copy of a new contract for doctors.
And the whistleblower in the case was also told that he would not be prosecuted. Businessman Chay Bowes was hired to review the NAGP’s books and records. He discovered the texts between Mr. Varadkar and Mr. Ó Tuathail and revealed the details to the public.
Mr Bowes told Independent.ie: “I am delighted that it has been shown that I did not commit any wrongdoing.”
Mr Varadkar apologized for his behavior and faced a motion of no confidence in the Dáil, followed by an 18-month Garda inquiry.
“Following a Garda investigation, a comprehensive investigation file was submitted to the public prosecutor’s office.
“The Chief Prosecutor has not instituted criminal prosecution against any person in this investigation.
“An Garda Síochána has no further comment,” a Garda spokesman told Independent.ie
The NAGP represented 2,000 GPs but was left without a negotiating license from talks between the Department of Health and rival GP group, the Irish Medical Organization (IMO), although NAGP members would be asked to sign the agreement.
Mr. Varadkar sent a copy of the draft contract to Dr. O Tuathail. It subsequently led to a Garda investigation into Mr Varadkar’s role.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/no-charges-against-tanaiste-leo-varadkar-for-leaking-confidential-gp-contract-41819542.html Leo Varadkar leak: No charges against Tánaiste for leaking a confidential GP contract