Taoiseach denies there was a Government conspiracy to avoid paying out to people who were overcharged for nursing home care

Leo Varadkar said he would have been briefed on the issue when he was Health Minister but doesn’t remember having any input on it.

The Attorney General is examining the question of a legal strategy from the State to limit payouts to people who were on medical cards.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says a memo is being prepared for Cabinet next week, but overall defended the approach taken:

“The allegation here is very clear. The allegation here is that four or five governments, four or five attorneys general, any number of ministers, former ministers; some in the government, some in the opposition now, and dozens of officials all conspired to deny people refunds they were entitled to. That is as far fetched as it sounds. That is not what happened.”


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