Budget Leaks Lead to Resignation of Junior Finance Minister of the Rainbow Coalition

The Rainbow Government budget of 1995 was marred by information leaks which resulted in the resignation of Junior Minister for Finance Phil Hogan. The Rainbow Government was a coalition between Fine Gael, Labour, and Democratic Left.

Una Claffey reports on leaked budget information that led to Phil Hogan surprising the Dáil by announcing his resignation from government.

When an advisor to Junior Finance Minister, Phil Hogan, had faxed financial details to the media, the opposition was enraged. As a result, the Taoiseach made an apology to the Dáil. Due to continued pressure from Fianna Fail, Phil Hogan announced his resignation.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 February 1995.

Phil Hogan (1995)

The following day Phil Hogan spoke to reporter Peter Cluskey about his resignation.