Speaking in the Dáil after Mr Naughten’s resignation, Mr Varadkar said that an independent auditor would now “assess whether or not the process has been compromised”. The “very difficult” meeting between Mr Varadkar, Mr Naughten and their advisors took place between 11.30am and just after noon. Sources said Mr Varadkar asked Mr Naughten to reflect on his position over the next hour, and accepted there were no doubts over Mr Naughten’s integrity but that the optics were bad. Mr Naughten on Thursday night said that he would decide whether to support the Government in the Dáil “on a case-by-case basis”. He confirmed that he had invited Mr Naughten to a dinner at Mr McCourt’s home in Co Clare, but said the broadband process was not discussed.
Source: The Irish Times October 12, 2018 00:00 UTC