What did Leo Varadkar leak and has he broken the law?
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What did Leo Varadkar leak and has he broken the law?

TÁNAISTE LEO Varadkar has offered to meet gardaí this week as part of an investigation into accusations that he 'abused the office of Taoiseach'.

The Fine Gael leader has been in and out of the headlines over the past few months due to the incident, and has even garnered the nickname 'Leaky Leo'.

But what exactly did he do, and why are the guards getting involved?

What did Varadkar leak?

In November 2020, a complaint was made against Mr Varadkar over an alleged leak of a confidential government document.

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The leak itself happened in April 2019, back when Varadkar was Taoiseach.

He is understood to have sent details of a confidential €210m GP contract to his associate Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail - the head of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP).

What's the problem?

The contract that was leaked contained details of a deal the government had tentatively agreed with the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) - a rival organisation to the NAGP.

Many have accused him of abusing his powers as Taoiseach by helping out a friend of his, and breaking various rules about releasing private and highly confidential government information to a private citizen.

Did he break the law?

Varadkar claims he hasn't committed any offence, and Taoiseach Micheál Martin says the same, despite admitting that his colleagues' actions were "inappropriate".

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Gardaí have emphasised that a full criminal investigation, along with all the additional powers and resources that entails, has not been launched into Mr Varadkar’s action as of yet.

Detectives are still in the preliminary stages of the inquiry and the garda position remains unchanged since it received a criminal complaint about the issue last year.

"An Garda Síochána has received correspondence which is being assessed to determine what if any Garda action is required. An Garda Síochána has no further comment at this time," it revealed on Sunday.