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Gardaí send Leo Varadkar leak file to Director of Public Prosecutions

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Picture by Brian Lawless, Press Association

GARDAÍ investigating the leak of a GP pay deal contract by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar to a friend have sent a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The leak happened three years ago.

Mr Varadkar previously told the Dáil he gave a copy of an agreement between the State and the Irish Medical Organisation to Maitiú Ó Túathail, the then president of a rival GP organisation, the National Association of General Practitioners, in April 2019.

Gardaí have confirmed they have submitted a file to the DPP.

In a statement, gardaí said 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."

A spokesman for the Tánaiste said Mr Varadkar has been informed through his solicitors that the garda investigation has concluded and that a file is due with the DPP.

The spokesperson said: "We understand the gardaí have made no recommendation.

"It is now for the DPP to consider the matter."

The spokesperson added: "The Tánaiste is pleased that this matter is now moving on and is very confident the outcome will be in his favour."

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