‘He should have been sacked’ — Mary Lou McDonald says Leo Varadkar’s job ‘untenable’ amid Garda investigation
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that Leo Varadkar ‘should have been sacked’ amid a Garda investigation into a leak.© Provided by Extra.ie
It emerged last in November that the Fine Gael leader sent a copy of an agreement between the Government and the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) to rival group the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP).
At the time, Mr Varadkar’s friend, Dr Maitiu O’Tuathail was the president of the NAGP.© Provided by Extra.ie Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald has said that Tansiste Leo Varadkar’s position is ‘untenable. Pic: Maxwells/PA Wire
It emerged last weekend that a Garda inquiry into the incident has now been escalated to an investigation.
Taking to Twitter, the Dublin Central TD said that the Tanaiste ‘should have been sacked’.© Provided by Extra.ie Mary Lou McDonald said that Leo Varadkar ‘should have been sacked’ following the GP contract ‘leak’. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire
‘The leaking of a confidential GP contract by Leo Varadkar is the worst of stroke politics,’ she wrote.
‘He should have been sacked. The criminal investigation now underway underlines the seriousness of this case.
‘Leo Varadkar’s position was untenable last November and is untenable today
Mary Lou McDonald’s comment comes as Leo Varadkar insists that he is willing to speak to the Gardai.
A spokesperson for the Tanaiste said that ‘his legal advice is that he has committed no offence.’
The Tanaiste’s willingness to meet with the Gardai was also reiterated.© Provided by Extra.ie Leo Varadkar said that his legal advice says that he has not broken the law. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie
Elsewhere, the youth wing of Fianna Fail has called for Mr Varadkar to step aside temporarily while the Garda investigation is ongoing.
The Ogra Fianna Fail Facebook page explains that the youth wing’s president, Tom Cahill, has written to the Government Chief Whip, Minister Jack Chambers, calling for Leo Varadkar to step aside.
They wrote: ‘In the letter, Mr Cahill says that it is appropriate that senior members of government who are the subject of a garda investigation would temporarily stand aside pending the outcome of that investigation.© Provided by Extra.ie Ogra Fianna Fail has called for Leo Varkadar to step aside temporarily during the Garda investigation. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins
‘Mr Cahill said that he did not believe the matter was an issue for the stability of Government and that it was a matter of holding members of government to account for their actions.
‘We are not interested in the internal politics of Fine Gael, nor do we believe this matter is relevant to the stability of Government. We are concerned that the second-highest-ranking member of our government is under Garda investigation for the leaking of a pay agreement,’ concluded Mr Cahill.
The Tanaiste’s party colleague, Heather Humphreys told RTE on Sunday that Mr Varadkar should ‘absolutely not’ step aside during the investigation.
This was repeated by Fianna Fail’s Michael McGrath who said that the Government had ‘full confidence’ in Mr Varadkar.