Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has slammed “sworn political opponents” who claim he broke the law by leaking details of a multimillion-dollar GP contract to his friend.
In his second statement, after being cleared of any criminal wrongdoing over the leak, Mr Varadkar said those who made these allegations against him “have made extraordinary efforts to make them public”.
“Their actions were politically motivated and sometimes very personal,” he said.
“The tactics and motives of these individuals should be the subject of some consideration,” he added.
The Fine Gael leader said at least one of those individuals had been “investigated as to their own conduct in this matter”.
This is in reference to businessman Chay Bowes, who shared the information about the leak with Village Magazine.
Mr Bowes was told by Gardaí yesterday that the Head of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had recommended that he not be prosecuted.
Mr Varadkar described the Garda investigation as “thorough and meticulous” and said it involved dozens of interviews and the examination of multiple documents and devices.
He said his decision to present the document to NAGP President Dr. Maitiú Ó Tuathail was lawful and he had done so in the public interest.
“I was determined to secure this organization’s support for the agreement we reached with another organization on behalf of the GP,” he said.
“I accept that my use of an informal personal channel was inappropriate. It was my fault and I take sole responsibility for it. I was held accountable for these acts in the Dáil. I have apologized for this and would like to do so again,” he added.
“However, the allegations made against me that it was anything but a mistake were wrong. They were made by sworn political opponents of me and my party.
“I know I haven’t broken any law, done anything corrupt or even self-interested. That is now clear to every righteous man.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/tanaiste-leo-varadkar-hits-out-at-sworn-political-opponents-who-alleged-he-broke-the-law-by-leaking-gp-contract-41820819.html Tánaiste Leo Varadkar lashes out at “sworn political opponents” who claimed he broke the law by leaking a GP contract