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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photo: Julien Behal

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photo: Julien Behal

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photo: Julien Behal

An assistant garda commissioner is overseeing preliminary inquiries into a complaint over Tánaiste Leo Varadkar's leaking of confidential Government documents to a friend.

Assistant commissioner John O'Driscoll, who oversees special crime operations, has ordered an extensive review of the complaint.

The official complaint centres on Mr Varadkar's leaking of a confidential copy of the proposed new GP contract to Maitiú Ó Tuathail in April 2019.

Two well-placed sources in garda headquarters last night said the force had not launched a full investigation into the matter, but that the complaint was being examined at a preliminary stage.

It is understood the complaint was initially sent to the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, but it was not deemed suitable for this unit and was forwarded to the assistant commissioner, who heads the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Officers are looking into whether the leak could be investigated under a breach of the Official Secrets Act.

In a statement yesterday, garda headquarters said: "An Garda Síochána has received correspondence which is currently being assessed to determine what if any garda action is required.

"An Garda Síochána has no further comment at this time."

Mr Varadkar apologised in the Dáil last November after it emerged he provided a confidential copy of the proposed new GP contract to his friend Dr Ó Tuathail.

The document, which was marked confidential, had been agreed between the Irish Medical Organisation and the Government.

The Tánaiste's spokesman did not respond to multiple requests for comment yesterday on whether Mr Varadkar was aware the complaint was being examined by An Garda Síochána.

The Taoiseach's spokesman said last night: "The Government can't comment on matters currently being investigated by the Garda."


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