Taoiseach Leo Varadkar forced Denis Naughten to resign after learning at the 11th hour that he had held four more secret meetings with billionaire businessman, David McCourt. In a prepared speech, which was later contradicted by Mr Naughten, Mr Varadkar told TDs that during a meeting on Wednesday night about concerns over three already known meetings with Mr McCourt, Mr Naughten had said he “just remembered” a further dinner last year. Mr Varadkar said Mr Naughten then told him on Thursday morning about “at least” three other private dinners, a situation the Taoiseach said meant that Mr Naughten had to “reflect on his position”. “He contacted me shortly before midnight [on Wednesday] to inform me he just remembered a private dinner in Mr McCourt’s home in 2017. “I met with Deputy Naughten again [on Thursday morning] and he informed me he had at least three other private dinners with Mr McCourt,” said Mr Varadkar.
Source: Irish Examiner October 12, 2018 03:22 UTC