On The Tonight Show on VMT.
Asked if there’s a witchunt in Fianna Fáil to find the person who revealed Barry Cowen’s drink driving conviction, Thomas Byrne told host Matt Cooper:
“I doubt very much that anyone in Fianna Fáil had the information that is described in the newspapers in relation to that.”
Asked if it would have happened at a local level, he said:
“I’m not familiar with what’s going on in Offaly but certainly that is not a concern of mine.”
Watch back here.
Irish Times journalist takes aim at FF Meath activist who makes detailed claim Thomas Byrne is the source of the leak to the media last week about Barry Cowen drink-driving ban. Irish Times. Let that sink in. https://t.co/H9CR23ouZk
— nwl (@nwl88444048) July 9, 2020
Taoiseach Micheál Martin (right) with Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne in government buildings last week
If it is the case that Thomas Byrne was the one who told the media about Barry Cowen on the day of the cabinet formation, that means he knew about it before the appointments and did not tell Michael martin according to Michael.
— Me (@joemurp14537485) July 9, 2020
So is our Taoiseach telling porkies in thet he never knew? If Thomas Byrne did then how could the party leader not? https://t.co/lXQLJa5BGU
— Cork Truck Driver 🇮🇪 (@CorkTruckDriver) July 9, 2020
Last night: Who Spilled?
The Taoiseach’s office has been forced to apologise to Northern Ireland’s First Minister after just 10 days in office.
The apology came after a government source had “over zealously” briefed a media outlet that the first meeting between Micheál Martin as Taoiseach, First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill was to take place today, despite no meeting being organised
Fianna Fáil TD says he ‘deeply regrets’ writing letter for CAB target brothers https://t.co/MRIaUGiJwm
— Philip Ryan (@Philip_Ryan) July 8, 2020
All in all, a sure-footed start from Fianna Fáil.