Wednesday, 18 April 2018
The matter is before the courts. It is fair to say it would have been better if this conversation had not happened, but I am satisfied that the Minister did not give any confidential information. There seems to be a misunderstanding of the nature of the process. It is not secret. Guidelines on it are publicly available on the Department's website and the same guidelines were subject to a detailed public consultation prior to their finalisation. Prior to the phase one decision the Minister answered seven parliamentary questions on the matter in the Dáil and was exhorted by outside groups and political parties to use all of the powers available to him to examine aspects of the acquisition.