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Ministers misled Dáil on use of unsecured personal email accounts- John Brady TD

22 January, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady TD has described responses by Ministers as misleading.

Teachta Brady said:

"Before the Dáil recess at Christmas, I tabled a question to every Minister including, the Taoiseach and Tánaiste in relation to the use of private unsecured email addresses for Ministerial business.

"On the back of my questions a Freedom of Information request was submitted by a reporter which released information contrary to the responses I had received.

"So far, documents released under Freedom of Information relate to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed and the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys.

"In one instance, Minister Creed replied to me that he had used his personal Gmail account for non-sensitive correspondence. Yet, in documents received under Freedom
of Information six emails are redacted due to their "commercially sensitive" content.

"The responses I received from the Minister in question was misleading. This is wholly unacceptable.

"The Dáil and indeed, by virtue the public have been totally misled on this matter.

"Ministers must be accountable for their actions and what is set out in the FOI documents received could not be further from this.

 "Further FOU documents are pending from other Ministers on this matter. I call on the Taoiseach to makes a full statement in the Dáil this week on the back of these revelations."

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