Fianna Spokesperson on Brexit Stephen Donnelly TD says reports that the Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald used a private email account to transmit sensitive Brexit material is unacceptable and raises questions over the security of Ireland’s confidential Brexit materials.

Deputy Donnelly said, “The Tánaiste’s use of a private unsecured email account for official Government business in relation to Brexit is simply unacceptable. Members of the Government should ensure that all official correspondence is conducted in a manner that adheres to the highest possible security and confidentiality standards. Using a private email account is clearly not in line with such standards.

“On a number of occasions I and members of my Party have requested that the Government publish data in relation to Brexit. Many of these requests have been refused on the basis of the sensitivity of the material involved as it pertains to Ireland’s negotiation position. It is therefore not unreasonable to expect that, given the high degree of sensitivity in relation to this issue, Government Ministers would be exercising the highest degree of caution when it comes to transmitting such material.

“It is imperative that the Tánaiste, and indeed all other Ministers, clarify if they have used or continue to use private email accounts for official Government business in relation to Brexit. Given the gravity of Brexit and the disproportionate impact that it will have on Ireland it is essential that the Government ensure that they do not inadvertently do anything to jeopardise our position in the ongoing negotiations,” concluded Deputy Donnelly.