Top Fianna Fail official steps down
A former Irish government minister has stepped down as Fianna Fail's director of elections following reports that a former minister is facing child abuse allegations.
Pat Carey issued a statement through his solicitors in which he said he did not know whether he is the minister at the centre of the claims, but said he was aware of "rumour and innuendo".
"He absolutely and unconditionally denies any impropriety in this matter or in his 30 years' experience as a teacher; as a community worker and in his public life," the statement said.
A number of people have given statements to gardai claiming that they were abused in the early 1990s.