Laois TD Charlie Flanagan to 'apologise for his Department' - Leo Varadkar

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Minister Charlie Flanagan receives his seal of office from President Michael D Higgins.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that Laois TD and the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan will make a statement on the political crisis that almost brought down the Government.

The Taoiseach confirmed to the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin that Minister Flanagan would be make a statement arising from the e-mail controversy which has caused the resignation of An Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

"He is going to make a statement to apologise for his Department for failing to answer questions," Minister Varadkar told the Dáil this afternoon.

It is reported that Charlie Flanagan was due to address the Dáil at around 4.30pm on Tuesday, November 28

Minister Flanagan is under question on two fronts. Firstly, the Laois TD was in possession of information contained in an e-mail but allegedly had not informed the Taoiseach when Mr Varadkar spoke in the Dáil on a number of occasions on the matter in recent weeks.

A second accusation is that documents relating to Sgt Gerry McCabe's treatment by Garda management were not handed to the Disclosures  Inquiry chaired by Mr Peter Charlton. These same documents have contributed to the resignation of the Tánaiste.

One of the Inquiry's terms of references is to investigate whether the false allegations of sexual abuse or any other unjustified grounds were inappropriately relied upon by Commissioner O’Sullivan to discredit Sergeant Maurice McCabe at the Commission of Investigation into Certain Matters in the Cavan/Monaghan district under the Chairmanship of Mr. Justice Kevin O’Higgins. 

The controversy that has led to the resignation of Minister Fitzgerald relates directly to her knowledge of this are of investigation.

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