Gardai prepare files on ministers' resignations
GARDAI are preparing files for the Director of Public Prosecutions into separate incidents that led to the resignations of junior government minister Trevor Sargent and Defence Minister Willie O'Dea.
The DPP will later determine whether criminal prosecutions should result from the inquiries.
A female garda was questioned about the leaking of correspondence that forced Mr Sargent to quit. He resigned as Minister of State for Food and Horticulture in February after the publication of letters in which he made representations to the gardai about a constituent, who had been charged with threatening behaviour.
Mr O'Dea is under investigation after it emerged that he had sworn a High Court affidavit denying that he had made a false allegation during a newspaper interview linking a Limerick Sinn Fein councillor with a brothel in the city.
But a tape of the interview confirmed that Mr O'Dea had made the comments.