From top: Regina Doherty; Pat Breen
Following the resignation yesterday of the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten focus has turned on junior minister Pat Breen.
Mr Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, was mentioned in the Dail yesterday as having organised a dinner attended by Mr Naughten at broadband bidder David McCourt’s home in 2014.
On RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland this morning, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty defended her colleague:
Ms Doherty said:
Pat Breen does not have any responsibility for the National Broadband Plan. He does not sit at Cabinet, so therefore collectively will not be responsible for making a decision who gets awarded a contract.
[He] is a minister in the Department of Business. It’s his job to meet businesses and potential investors in Ireland, which is what he does on a weekly basis….
By all accounts he’s become friends with this gentleman because they live up the road from each other…
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Yesterday: More Dinners