Gardaí have launched a preliminary investigation
Gardaí have launched a preliminary investigation into the possible leaking of information about Barry Cowen's drink-driving ban.
Last week, the Agriculture Minister apologised in the Dáil for the 2016 incident, which he described as a "Stupid, stupid mistake."
He confirmed he had consumed two drinks before attending the All Ireland Football Final in Dublin in 2016, before eating a light meal after the match.
While driving home to Offaly, he was stopped and breathalysed.
After being found to be over the legal alcohol limit, he was given a €200 fine and a three-month driving ban.
He held a learner drivers' permit at the time as his previous provisional licence had lapsed.
In a statement, An Garda Síochána said it is conducting "a preliminary examination to ascertain if an investigation should be conducted into whether a third party had access to personal data held by the organisation in relation to an individual."