DPP unlikely to allow her office to be dragged into a political controversy
If no DPP decision by end summer then Varadkar issue will become live political matter
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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: it is one thing for him to be disqualified from office as a result of being charged with a criminal offence; it would be quite another for him to be disqualified because the DPP cannot deliver a decision in time. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill
The headlines which proclaimed the “relief” of Fine Gaelers close to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar at the news that gardaí had passed the file on the investigation into his leaking of a confidential government document to the Director of Public Prosecutions might have overstated the case: there is nothing for Varadkar to be relieved about yet.
The already long-drawn out process now enters a crucial phase as the DPP’s office decides whether to prosecute the Tánaiste for the leak or judges that there is little or no chance of a conviction.