Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will address the Dáil later about the leaking of a confidential GP contract document.
Minister Varadkar has come under intense criticism for sharing the IMO contract with a friend of his in a rival GP union.
Known as the Teflon Tánaiste by some in government circles this is the first time Leo Varadkar has come under intense personal scrutiny since this new government was formed.
Minister Varadkar criticised the claims made in Village Magazine at the weekend, describing some of them as defamatory, but admitted he did share a confidential Irish Medical Organisation contract with a friend of his in a rival GP union, the now-defunct NAGP.
The Tánaiste though claims it wasn’t confidential, as its contents were already in the public domain.
Junior Minister and Sligo/Leitrim TD Frank Feighan yesterday defended the Tanaiste, claiming that Leo Varadkar ‘did nothing unlawful’ when he forwarded documentation relating to discussions with one medical organisation to a rival group.
Junior Minister Frank Feighan says Mr Varadkar has acknowledged what he did was not best practice, adding that the Tanaiste will answer all the allegations, and questions in the Dáil today.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath says Leo Varadkar’s actions were a “total betrayal and unbecoming of a Taoiseach”: