The Green Party has asked for answers this evening following the shock resignation of Denis Naughten as Minister of Communications, Climate Action, and Environment. Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD expressed sympathy for Mister Naughten but said it was the correct decision to stand down.
“I feel sorry for Mister Naughten and his family, but the series of revelations today leave us in no doubt that his position had become untenable. This was not just optics. I’d also be very interested to know what the department knew throughout all of this. There are big questions to answer.
“Minister for State Pat Breen also has questions to answer now, given that he organised and attended one of the dinners in Mister McCourt’s home alongside Minister Naughten.”
Eamon Ryan has called for a special session on Tuesday to discuss what happens next to the National Broadband Plan, expressing doubt that it can be delivered in its current format. Questions will also need to be answered on Tuesday in relation to Richard Bruton and his ability to manage the Communications, Climate Action, and Environment portfolio alongside his current role as Minister for Education.
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