ESRI director Frances Ruane (pictured this morning) and social protection minister Joan Burton both insisted there was no political pressure on the body to withdraw the report.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny also said he would not stand over political involvement. “This is an independent organisation. I could not stand over, and I would not stand over, any contact from Government to an independent organisation to say you must withdraw or take down any particular documentation,” he said.
Yesterday: That ESRI Report…Now Withdrawn
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