Minister turned up at PR event for genetic-data harvesting firm as a ‘favour’

Finian McGrath’s appearance at the Genomics event stemmed from a request by former Labour senator Lorraine Higgins, now a PR operative

Minister Finian McGrath

Former Labour senator Lorraine Higgins called in a ‘favour’ to secure minister Finian McGrath’s appearance at a publicity event for Chinese-backed genetic data harvesting firm Genomics Medicine Ireland (GMI).

McGrath is a minister for state in the Department of Health, which has been involved in often testy correspondence with GMI over data protection issues related to its plan to harvest the data of 400,000 Irish people. He tweeted after the visit that GMI ...