Varadkar denies committing any crime following leak investigation 3 months ago

Varadkar denies committing any crime following leak investigation

A file was submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution last week.

Leo Varadkar has denied committing a crime as the investigation into his sending of a report to GP Maitiú Ó Tuathail in 2019 continues.

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The Tánaiste denied the allegations while speaking to reporters on Wednesday (27 April).

"I'm obviously very pleased that the Garda investigation is now over," Varadkar said.

"It was a very long, very thorough one, and at the end there was no recommendation that there should be any charges.

"The decision is now with the DPP and we'll await a decision."

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Varadkar was then asked if the DPP take time to make a decision, that it may complicate plans for Varadkar to take over as Taoiseach in November.

"I think you can understand why I would prefer not to answer that question, because I don't want to say anything that could be interpreted as me putting pressure on the DPP.

"What I do want to say, and I want to re-emphasise this; the allegations that were made against me are false.

"They are politically motivated.

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"I did not commit any crime, I did not do anything corrupt, in fact I didn't do anything self-interested.

"I think, when this is over, that will be clear to any reasonable person."

Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty has called for a general election in November instead of the handover to Varadkar as Taoiseach due to the inquiry.

"The matter needs to be resolved," Doherty said.

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"It's a very serious matter, we know that this is the subject of a criminal investigation for over a year and a half now.

"In our view, in relation to what will happen at the end of the year in terms of a rotating Taoiseach, there shouldn't be a rotation.

"There should be a general election and let the people decide who should be the Taoiseach of this state."