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Facebook lobbied Kenny during cabinet selection

Tech giant pushed data and innovation importance

22nd May, 2016
Facebook approached Martin Fraser, secretary general at the Taoiseachs department, twice this year Picture: Getty

Social media giant Facebook lobbied the Taoiseach’s highest ranking civil servant about ministerial roles ahead of the appointment of the new cabinet.

A high level meeting took place between Martin Fraser, who is secretary general to both the government and the Department of the Taoiseach, and Facebook’s head of public policy in Ireland, Niamh Sweeney, who previously worked as special adviser to Eamon Gilmore during his time as minister for foreign affairs....

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