Top civil servant appears in FF campaign
Published 17/05/2014 | 02:30
A SENIOR civil servant has sparked anger among the coalition parties after his name appeared in a Fianna Fail local election candidate's newsletter.
Department of Transport Sport and Tourism assistant secretary Donagh Morgan was forced to explain himself to Leo Varadkar when his support for a sports project was highlighted in Fianna Fail campaign literature.
Fingal County Council candidate Adrian Henchy claimed he held a "constructive" and "positive" meeting with Mr Morgan about a derelict all-weather hockey pitch in Donabate, North Dublin.
"Donagh has committed to doing what he can to help us get our pitch back for our three national schools, our secondary school, all our sports clubs and the wider community," Mr Henchy wrote.
The Irish Independent understands there were angry exchanges between Sports and Tourism Junior Minister Michael Ring and Mr Morgan after he received complaints from TDs and councillors about the leaflet.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar also sought an explanation from Mr Morgan about the meeting.
"I met with Donagh Morgan to enquire as to how his name ended up in a Fianna Fail leaflet," Mr Varadkar said.
"I accepted his explanation that Fianna Fail took advantage of his goodwill."
A spokesman for the Department said:"The consent of the official concerned was not sought, and would not have been given, to the inclusion of such references in election literature."
Mr Hench yesterday apologised for including Mr Morgan's name in the leaflet and said he was "very grateful" for the meeting.