Saturday 18 January 2020

Sargent gives full backing to probe into leak of letters

Shane Hickey

FORMER Junior Minister Trevor Sargent said that he would co-operate fully with the garda investigation into leaked letters which brought about his resignation from government.

Last night, he refused to speculate once again where the leaked documents came from.

But he maintained he would be "very hopeful" that another member of the Green Party would be appointed Minister of State as his replacement.

Speaking at a public meeting on environmental issues in Malahide in his North Dublin constituency, he said he would be co-operating fully with the investigation launched by Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy.

He added he has had no contact from the gardai as yet, apart from good wishes from individual members of the force.

It emerged previously that Mr Sargent would be giving his €47,000 ministerial severance payment to the St Vincent de Paul.

He said he had decided to do this "because I didn't expect the money and I knew from my constituency work it is going to be needed by other people more than me".

His comments came at a public meeting in Malahide, which focused on "future proofing" the area.

Mr Sargent refused to speculate on where the leaked documents which led to his resignation came from.

"I can't speculate as to who had the letter. Presumably it has been in the hands of legal teams, as I said the other day, the nature of a court room can be very confined," he said.


When the position is eventually filled, he said he would be hopeful one of his Green Party colleagues would get the position. Deputy leader Mary White is the rumoured frontrunner for the job.

However, Mr Sargent said he had "no expectation" that he would serve as a junior or full minister in the lifetime of this government.

Earlier in the evening, he launched the 'Grow Organic' scheme, which is aimed at schools, allotment holders and community gardens. It gives a step-by-step guidance in how to grow your own organic fruit and vegetables.

Irish Independent

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