Mayo Fine Gael Deputy Alan Dillon has defended party leader Leo Varadkar following revelations that he passed details of a draft agreement for doctors to a friend when he was Taoiseach.

Opposition leaders will question the Tánaiste in the Dáil tomorrow about the incident and also about any other documents he provided to people outside government.

The Village magazine reported that Mr Varadkar passed a draft of the new deal for general practitioners negotiated between the government and the Irish Medical Organisation in April last year to the head of rival group, the National Association of General Practitioners.

The Tánaiste rejected the magazine’s claims that he may have broken the law, saying that he passed on the draft document in a bid to secure wider backing among doctors for the new contract.

Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail of the NAGP said in a statement that the document was given to him as part of a pre-existing arrangement to share information on the deal.

Mayo Fine Gael Deputy Alan Dillon says he believes the motivation behind the Tánaiste’s actions was to get cross GP support for the agreement.

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