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Taoiseach misled Dáil over use of personal email for Government business – Brady

19 February, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald to make a statement on their use of unsecured email accounts for sensitive correspondence.

Teachta Brady said:

“Prior to the Dáil recess at Christmas, I tabled a question to all Ministers, including the Taoiseach and Tánaiste in relation to the use of private unsecured email addresses for Ministerial business.

“In their responses, several Ministers admitted to using an unsecured email address. However, they claimed they had not done so for any sensitive correspondence. 

“Contrary to this, Freedom of Information documents show a very different reality. Despite stating they had not used unsecured emails for sensitive information, Ministers Creed and Humphreys have been shown to do so. 

“Earlier this month, I asked the Taoiseach to make a statement on the use of unsecured private email accounts for sensitive correspondence by Ministers, including the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste.

“The Taoiseach dismissed my question and failed to acknowledge that Ministers had misled the Dáil in replies to Questions on this matter. 

“It has now become apparent that the Taoiseach himself, along with the Tánaiste, have misled the Dáil. 

“The Taoiseach must address his use of unsecured emails involving sensitive information and he must end this practice immediately.

“There can be no exceptions when it comes to the use of unsecured emails by any Government Minister. 

“There is a duty of care and a responsibility on all Ministers, the Taoiseach and Tánaiste in particular, to deal with sensitive matters in an appropriate manner.

“I call on the Taoiseach to take this issue seriously, to correct the Dáil record, and to make a full statement on the matter.” 

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