Trevor Sargent resigns from Irish Government

Former Irish Green Party leader Trevor Sargent has resigned from his position as Irish Minister of State for Food and Horticulture after admitting contacting gardaí in relation to an alleged assault on a constituent. The Irish Times report has the audio of his statement to the Dáil. According to reports

The former Green Party leader has been under pressure after it was revealed he wrote to a garda seeking to have a criminal prosecution dropped. The Evening Herald newspaper is reporting that Mr Sargent wrote to a member of the force on behalf of a constituent seeking to intervene in a prosecution. At least one of the letters was on Department of Agriculture headed notepaper.