CLARE General Election candidate Councillor Mike McKee has expressed his concern at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s revelation that he contacted Clare County Council on behalf of President Trump.
President Donald Trump was unhappy about a proposal for a windfarm close to his golf course in Doonbeg.
The windfarm developers were denied planning permission, but Clare County Council have said that they have no record of any contact by Mr Varadkar in relation to the application.
Councillor Mike McKee described Leo Varadkar’s revelation as a Clare GUBU moment.
A GUBU moment is defined as something which is grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented.
“I’m taken aback and concerned by the Taoiseach’s revelation that he contacted Clare County Council on behalf of the now President of the United States Donald Trump who was unhappy about a proposal for a windfarm close to Mr Trump’s golf course in Doonbeg,” Cllr McKee said.
Cllr McKee commented that the Taoiseach must clarify his actions and the appropriateness of his intervention on this planning issue.
“This sequence of events raises serious concerns regarding the propriety of the Taoiseach’s actions as he was a Government Minister at the time.
“It would be wholly unacceptable, and extremely serious, for a Government Minister to have sought to influence the decision of a local authority on a planning application,” Cllr McKee added.