Gardaí have confirmed they have submitted a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the investigation surrounding the disclosure of a confidential Government document to a friend of Tánaiste Leo Varadkar almost three years ago.

In a statement, gardaí said that "an investigation file on this matter has been submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution for its consideration.

"As this matter is now for consideration by the Office of the DPP, An Garda Síochána will not be commenting any further."

Mr Varadkar previously told the Dáil he gave a copy of an agreement between the State and the Irish Medical Organisation to Maitiú Ó Túathail, the then president of a rival GP organisation, the National Association of General Practitioners, in April 2019.

During the course of the investigation, gardaí received statements from a number of people, including Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris, who was minister for health at the time.

A spokesperson for the Tánaiste this afternoon said that Mr Varadkar has been informed through his solicitors that the garda investigation has concluded and that a file is due with the DPP.

The spokesperson said: "We understand the gardaí have made no recommendation.

"It is now for the DPP to consider the matter."

The spokesperson added: "The Tánaiste is pleased that this matter is now moving on and is very confident the outcome will be in his favour."

A spokesperson for the Taoiseach said that as the matter is with the DPP, it would not be appropriate to comment.