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Ireland 'Honest mistake': Further questions asked after two Fianna Fáil TDs vote for other deputies in Dáil

15:20  21 october  2019
15:20  21 october  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

Fianna Fáil's Lisa Chambers cast Dáil vote for party's absent deputy leader

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Fianna Fáil TD says colleague voted for him while he was not in Dáil . Ms Chambers, also a Mayo TD, and Mr Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary was not in the Dáil at the time of the vote . I pressed the button once in error on the first vote , no one asked me to do this and when I realised, I

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Micheal Martin wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin during a conference on Brexit at Queen’s University Belfast. © Brian Lawless Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin during a conference on Brexit at Queen’s University Belfast.

FURTHER QUESTIONS HAVE been asked of Fianna Fáil after reports over the weekend of TDs voting for other party members while they were outside the Dáil chamber. 

On Saturday, it was reported that Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins voted for fellow party member Timmy Dooley six times while Dooley was outside the Dáil chamber. 

In this same set of votes, it has emerged that Fianna Fáil Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers allegedly mistakenly voted for deputy party leader Dara Calleary. 

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Afterwards, a few Fianna Fáil TDs – possessing at least two years’ experience in the Dáil – claimed to have misunderstood the question and said it was never their intention to deny the public a vote . One Independent said he voted against holding a referendum because he is against abortion.

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Fianna Faail's Timmy Dooley © Sam Boal Fianna Faail's Timmy Dooley Chambers said she “inadvertently” sat in Calleary’s seat, which is beside her own in the chamber. She said she “pressed the button in error” while he was at a radio interview, RTÉ reports

Chambers had appeared on RTÉ’s This Week programme earlier yesterday and said she had never voted for another colleague. 

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today, Chambers said she took this question to mean intentionally voting for another TD. 

“The answer for that is no,” she said.” “It was an honest, genuine mistake.”

a close up of Lisa Chambers: Fianna Faail Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers. © Leah Farrell Fianna Faail Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers. She said the seats in the chamber are identical and the row was fairly empty at the time of the vote, so she did not notice her error until her own seat did not light up on the voting screen.

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Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin said he spoke to both TDs and asked them to step down from the front bench until after the Ceann Comhairle’s probe is I agree with the Ceann Comhairle that the integrity of the voting situation in Dáil Éireann is of the utmost importance and must be protected and

Probe launched after Fianna Fail TD had Dail votes recorded while he was not in chamber. Media reports yesterday led Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl to launch an investigation, saying: ‘The integrity of the voting system in Dáil Éireann is of the utmost importance.

When she noticed this, she claimed to have moved to her own seat and then registered her own vote after voting in the wrong seat. 

“I mistakenly sat in the wrong seat… I should have told the teller there was an error,” said Chambers. 

The TD said this particular vote was lost in such high numbers that she did not see a point in informing a teller of her error. 

“Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever done it before… I’m asking people to have a bit of faith and listen to me this morning.” 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins (Niall Carson/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins (Niall Carson/PA) Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has asked for an “appropriate investigation” into the incident involving the six votes in Dooley’s absence. 

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl ordered a report into the Dooley and Collins incident on Saturday.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he was not aware of any government TDs voting for each other while absent. 

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A senior Fianna Fáil frontbencher has apologised after admitting a colleague voted for him on a “ Voting in the Dáil is very straightforward, as we are all assigned a seat from which we vote ,” he said. Mr Dooley told the Irish Independent on Friday that there “must have been a mistake or

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin asked the Dooley and Collins to temporarily step down from their positions on the party’s frontbench after the incident was reported.  

Dara Calleary said yesterday he “did not, and would not” ask another TD to vote for him in the Dáil. He had previously described Dooley’s recorded votes while absent from the chamber as “unusual”. 

Speaking to RTÉ News, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the integrity of the voting system in the Dáil was of “utmost importance”. 

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Votegate TDs Timmy Dooley and Niall Collins are coming under pressure to provide phone records to a Dáil probe into the matter. Fine Gael last night claimed the records should be examined as part of an ethics investigation that is to start next week. A Dáil committee is being convened during the Halloween break to examine complaints against Mr Dooley, Mr Collins and other Fianna Fáil TDs caught up in the scandal. The two TDs along with LisaFine Gael last night claimed the records should be examined as part of an ethics investigation that is to start next week.

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