Wednesday 23 August 2017

Naughten to back Government after meeting with Taoiseach

New procedures for sensitive memos are to be put in place

Cmmunications Minister Denis Naughten. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cmmunications Minister Denis Naughten. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Independent Minister Denis Naughten is to back a motion of confidence in the Government after a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

In a statement this afternoon Mr Naughten revealed that, along with Independent TD Dr Michael Harty, he met directly with the Taoiseach.

“The purpose of the meeting was to hear personally from the Taoiseach about the events that have unfolded since late last week and to bring clarity to their understanding of the sequence,” the statement said.

“Minister Naughten expressed his request to see better handling of sensitive Government memos (also known as under-the-arm memos) that come before the Cabinet in order to allow him and Independent Minister [Katherine] Zappone the opportunity to study the information contained in a timely manner prior to Cabinet.

“The Taoiseach agreed to put in place a mechanism around this area that will ensure Ministers Naughten and Zappone receive a briefing on sensitive memos prior to Cabinet.”

The statement concluded: “Both Minister Naughten and Deputy Harty were satisfied with the outcome of the meeting and will work with the Government to implement these reforms and added the main priority now is establishing the Tribunal of Inquiry.”

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