DETECTIVES investigating Tánaiste Leo Varadkar over the leaking of a confidential authorities doc to his pal Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail have despatched a file the DPP who will resolve whether or not any particular person ought to face prison prices.
t is known that officers kind the specialist National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) despatched the Garda file to the general public prosecutor inside the previous couple of days.
It will be revealed that gardaí didn’t suggest by hook or by crook whether or not the Tánaiste or Dr Ó Tuathail ought to face prison prices. Instead, they “left the decision up to the DPP”.
A Garda spokesman advised Independent.ie: “An Garda Síochána can verify that an investigation file on this matter has been submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution for its consideration.
“As this matter is now for consideration by the Office of the DPP, An Garda Síochána will not be commenting any further.”
Mr Varadkar is beneath investigation over the April 2019 leaking of a confidential copy of a doc outlining the main points of the Government’s proposed GP contract with the Irish Medical Organisation to his pal Dr Ó Tuathail , who was then head of a rival organisation, the National Association of General Practitioners.
The long-running garda probe by a specialist crew of officers initially anticipated that the investigation can be completed by the top of final summer season. However, the probe was prolonged for a variety of causes. These included a number of folks making a collection of further, add-on statements.
Mr Varadkar and Dr Ó Tuathail have each been questioned by gardaí. Both their telephones had been additionally examined by detectives. The Tánaiste has apologised for passing the contract particulars on to Dr Ó Tuathail and stated his authorized recommendation is that he “committed no offence”.
Though Mr Varadkar has been accused by political opponents of breaching the Official Secrets Act, gardaí are investigating whether or not he breached part 7 of the Criminal Justice (Corruption Offences) Act, 2018.
It states it’s a prison offence to make use of “confidential information obtained in the course of his or her office, employment, position or business for the purpose of corruptly obtaining a gift, consideration or advantage for himself or herself or for any other person”.