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Village Magazine goes All-in with Leo Story

hollandia

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It would appear that they've interviewed Simon Harris though.


And it’s believed another senior minister has already met with officers from the specialist unit and been interviewed over the matter.

There is no suggestion the minister has done anything wrong and the interview with the gardai is part of procedure in an investigation.
The second paragraph is telling though. I'm wondering if that's an oncoming bus I can hear in the distance?
 

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It would appear that they've interviewed Simon Harris though
The second paragraph is telling though. I'm wondering if that's an oncoming bus I can hear in the distance?

There was suggestion in an article I read earlier that there maybe some cracks starting to appear within the ranks of FG over Varadkers leadership and the leak was mentioned as one of the reasons ....


Not so much because he did it but more along the lines that others can't because they are in coalition and on a backbench so not enough to go around .....
 
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There was suggestion in an article I read earlier that there maybe some cracks starting to appear within the ranks of FG over Varadkers leadership and the leak was mentioned as one of the reasons ....


Not so much because he did it but more along the lines that others can't because they are in coalition and on a backbench so not enough to go around .....
The biggest sin is to get caught.
 

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AGS appear to be giving the impression they're taking this seriously.


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.
As an aside, is it not a criminal offence for a member of AGS to brief the press?
 

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In case you're all wondering why there is no mention of this on RTE, the answer may lie in the Broadcasting Authority Act 1960, in our old friend Section 31.

31.—(1) The Minister may direct the Authority in writing to refrain from broadcasting any particular matter or matter of any particular class, and the Authority shall comply with the direction.
 

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In case you're all wondering why there is no mention of this on RTE, the answer may lie in the Broadcasting Authority Act 1960, in our old friend Section 31.



That’s extraordinary, I did not know about this act, this just should not exist.
 

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In case you're all wondering why there is no mention of this on RTE, the answer may lie in the Broadcasting Authority Act 1960, in our old friend Section 31.

I'd have thought it would have required a Ministerial Order to invoke Section 31. It did when it was used against SF.
 

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Can a FOI request reveal whether and when a Ministerial Order was made under the Act and what the nature of the prohibited material was -I wonder.
I can’t see why not unless it is a matter of national security. RTÉ could also be FOIed.
 

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I knew about S31, that kept voiceover actors employed for years as we not allowed to hear Gerry Adams voice. However I thought it had been abolished.
No, just the ministerial order regarding Sinn Fein.
The particular "ministerial direction" clause remains.
 

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I knew about S31, that kept voiceover actors employed for years as we not allowed to hear Gerry Adams voice. However I thought it had been abolished.
Yes I remember it now from a very young age. Also remember thinking how ridiculous it was to think if I heard the sound of GAs voice that I would be running off to join the PIRA 😂 I also remember the silence I was met with when I questioned adults about this, yes I was a very precocious young child.
 
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Under Section 31 of the Broadcasting Authority Act (1960),[21] the Minister for Posts & Telegraphs could issue a Ministerial Order to the government-appointed RTÉ Authority not to broadcast material specified in the written order. In 1971 the first ever Order under the section was issued by Fianna Fáil Minister for Posts and Telegraphs Gerry Collins. It instructed RTÉ not to broadcast,
any matter that could be calculated to promote the aims or activities of any organisation which engages in, promotes, encourages or advocates the attaining of any particular objectives by violent means.
Under severe pressure from successive governments, from approximately 1977 RTÉ extended Section 31 to censor all Sinn Féin members, not merely the Sinn Féin spokespersons specified in the Section 31 Order. This extension of the Order came to a head in the early 1990s. Sinn Féin member Larry O'Toole was not permitted to talk on RTÉ about a strike in Gateaux, a cake factory in Finglas, north Dublin, where O'Toole worked. He was informed in writing by RTÉ that his Sinn Féin membership was the reason for the censorship. O'Toole challenged what he contended was RTÉ self-censorship in the High Court. After the court found in O'Toole's favour in August 1992, RTÉ appealed the ruling that liberalised its Section 31 regime. Consequently, RTÉ were accused of appealing to be censored. RTÉ then lost in the Supreme Court in March 1993.
What this means is the Ministerial order lapsed, rather than - as is commonly understood - the section of the Act to have been removed.
 

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This is not a good look.

Particularly after this:


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O'Connell taking some incoming well in the comments section ....😄

Coveney must be having a little smirk over the cornflakes this morning....no way Varadker will be taking over from Martin now.....
 

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Probably. But in a coalition government, I don't think Martin is in any position to order Varadkar aside.
We both accept that
this is so bad for the other government parties
bar walking out of government and that leads to political oblivion

the system is a prisoner of itself
 

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Government ministers lining up to assure us that there is nothing to see here... the Americans haven't taken the airport,the IMF aren't in the arrivals hall and Leo was only doing us all a good turn .....
That's like at the end of Bullseye when the have to decide to go for the speedboat or not. Problem is their non darts player is blind, and their nominated darts player tripped on his way to the oche and broke his throwing hand. HUGE reputational gamble. If Leo gets lifted, the consequences for a number of careers are terminal.
 

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Under section 7 of the Act any Irish official who uses confidential information to corruptly obtain “a gift, consideration or advantage for himself or herself or for any other person” is guilty of an offence.

The Act requires the prosecuting authorities to prove there was an attempt to give or receive a corrupt quid pro quo in exchange for the leaking of the document.
All media leaks use confidential information to obtain a quid pro quo, namely favourable press coverage. I'm not sure how the modifier "corrupt" is defined?

This leak was surely to the advantage of O'Tuathail but "corrupt"???
 

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All media leaks use confidential information to obtain a quid pro quo, namely favourable press coverage. I'm not sure how the modifier "corrupt" is defined?

This leak was surely to the advantage of O'Tuathail but "corrupt"???
I couldn't care less what happens to Varadkar but frankly I 'admire' anyone who can get excited about this sort of thing, in the context of everything else that's going on.
 

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I couldn't care less what happens to Varadkar but frankly I 'admire' anyone who can get excited about this sort of thing, in the context of everything else that's going on.
I think most citizens would find a criminal investigation into the actions of a serving Tánaiste, who's a former and prospective Taoiseach a matter of great concern if not exciting, regardless of "everything else that's going on". I certainly do.
 
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Simon Harris has shafted Leo this morning in the Sunday Times.

Simon Harris has told detectives investigating the leaking of a confidential government contract with GPs by his party leader, Leo Varadkar, that he was asked to provide a copy of the document in April 2019 but did not do so.

In a statement to the garda’s National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which interviewed the minister for higher education at his office in January, Harris revealed that he was also approached by doctors’ association leader Maitiú Ó Tuathail, who was later given a copy of the contract by Varadkar.

Meanwhile, Kate O'Connell, celebrity pharmacist to the Claire Byrne Show and former FG TD has launched a "blistering attack" on the boul Leo.

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Former Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell has been critical of Leo Varadkar's performance as Fine Gael leader and also believes Mr Varadkar is “in trouble” for his handling of the leaked confidential document to the National Association of General Practitioners. Picture:Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

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A former Fine Gael TD has launched a blistering attack on her leader Leo Varadkar and asked “when he’s going to start delivering for” the party.

Kate O’Connell, a Dublin TD and pharmacist who lost her seat at the 2020 election, also said she believes Mr Varadkar is “in trouble” after it emerged former Minister for Health Simon Harris told gardaí that he had refused to leak a confidential document to the now-defunct organisation the National Association of General Practitioners.

Mr Harris was interviewed by gardaí regarding their investigation into the leak of the same document by Mr Varadkar in April 2019 earlier this year according to this morning’s Sunday Times.

“I do, I don’t like seeing anybody in trouble but I do think it’s very concerning for the party,” Ms O’Connell told Brendan O’Connor on RTE Radio this morning.

“When you have the leader of the party subject to a criminal investigation it just wouldn’t sit well, in my view, with the membership of the party,” she said.

“It appears there was a confidential document leaked, I was in the Dail at the time, there was a lot of talk at the time about that contract. The fact is it was a valuable document to an organisation that wasn’t entitled to it.”
“Nobody has said that anybody has broken a law yet, that’s the job of the DPP. But in terms of the party, it is always going to be damaging. If you have the leader of a party that’s subject to a criminal investigation that can never be a positive,” Ms O’Connell said.

Looks like team Coveney are making their move.

In other, non related news, Paddy power have slashed the odds on an election this year to 2/1.

 

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Simon Harris has shafted Leo this morning in the Sunday Times.




Meanwhile, Kate O'Connell, celebrity pharmacist to the Claire Byrne Show and former FG TD has launched a "blistering attack" on the boul Leo.




Looks like team Coveney are making their move.

In other, non related news, Paddy power have slashed the odds on an election this year to 2/1.

Its always the little things.
 

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Fine Gaelers finally figuring out that Varadker is a liability by putting his mouth into action before engaging the brain.....

Reminds me of Brendan Gleesons line in 'The Guard' to his new sidekick...." Not too sharp on the uptake are ya...? ..you'll go far in this outfit so..."
 
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