By Elaine Loughlin and Fiachra Ó CionnaithThe Government is on a knife-edge after the resignation of Communications Minister Denis Naughten, with serious doubts over whether it can pass the budget. TDs were left stunned as Mr Naughten told the Dáil he had been forced to resign by the Taoiseach over six meetings he held with billionaire businessman David McCourt. In an attack on Mr Varadkar, Mr Naughten told the Dáil yesterday: “I believe this outcome is more about opinion polls than telecoms poles. In a hastily prepared Dáil statement, Mr Varadkar said he had met with Mr Naughten on Wednesday evening and was “satisfied with the explanations” given. Mr Naughten later contradicted the Taoiseach, claiming on RTÉ he had told Mr Varadkar of the meetings with Mr McCourt on Wednesday night and not yesterday morning.
Source: Irish Examiner October 12, 2018 04:07 UTC