Varadkar on the brink: Irish deputy SHAMED for leak and forced to appear before parliament

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Mr Varadkar disclosed a draft report revealing the pay agreements of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) to a rival doctor’s association, causing government sources to call for him to be questioned over the “inappropriate” move. Mr Varadkar, the Irish Tánaiste (deputy PM), attempted to defend his actions yesterday. He admitted he did not follow “best practice” when he disclosed the pay report to the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP).

Mr Varadkar said he “regrets” he did not disclose the information in a “more appropriately formal manner”.

The current Taoiseach, Micháel Martin, said it was “not appropriate” for Mr Varadkar to reveal the pay agreement before it was published and before it was agreed by the members of the Irish Medical Organisation.

The Fianna Fáil (FF) leader said Mr Varadkar, head of rival party Fine Gael (FG), should address the Dáil to face questions on the incident.

And a FF party source told The Irish Independent: “The Taoiseach is of the view that the action was not best practice as sending a document of this kind in such a manner was inappropriate.”

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FF sources also hinted more information around Mr Varadkar’s disclosure could emerge.

The Irish Green Party, which props up the FF/FG government, has asked for “further scrutiny” of the timelines around the disclosure of the information.

They also asked for an analysis of the impact of the “disclosure”.

A statement by the Green Party said: “The party is calling on the Tánaiste to give a full and detailed account to the Dáil on the issue and to allow sufficient time for the statement followed by questioning.

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“It is clear from what has been revealed that the passing on of sensitive information in this manner was not appropriate.”

FG admitted Mr Varadkar did not follow the correct channels when he released the pay contract to Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail, who was the president of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP).

Next week in the Dáil (Irish parliament) Mr Varadkar will be questioned by opposition TDs (Irish MPs).

Mr Varadkar has stated he has not acted unlawfully in revealing the pay agreement.

He maintains that the new pay agreements for GPs are positive..

Mr Varadkar stated: “The agreement had been negotiated with and was therefore already in the possession of the IMO, and the publication or circulation of the agreement to the members of the IMO was within the discretion of the IMO, which had already issued a press release setting out its essential content.”

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