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Leo Varadkar: “I can accept how the optics are problematic and perception does matter in politics and, of course, in business, too. But, as I said, Denis [Naughten] is going to be in the Dáil this afternoon. He’s going to clarify all those aspects and I’d like to give him the opportunity to do that first.
“You know, a lot of the time, people also jump to conclusions and rush to judgement and I wouldn’t like that to happen.”
Mark Cagney: “Do you have confidence in him?”
Varadkar: “In Denis? I do, yes.”
Cagney: “OK, so there won’t be a resignation any time soon? And if Fianna Fáil come looking for his head?”
Leo Varadkar: “Well…that’s up to them, obviously, I can’t speak for Fianna Fáil.”
“…Well I asked him [Naughten] to come and see me last night so actually, last night, we had a meeting, went through these issues, asked the kind of questions that you’re asking me now and he’s to come back to me with a few more answers.”
Mark Cagney: “And you’re satisfied?”
Varadkar: “So far, yes.”
Mr Naughten will make a statement and take questions on his contacts with David McCourt in the Dáil at 3pm.
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