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Ireland 'Votegate' TDs Timmy Dooley and Niall Collins to remain suspended from Fianna Fáil front bench

18:05  24 october  2019
18:05  24 october  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Micheal Martin et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin pictured with Deputy Timmy Dooley and Deputy Niall Collins in 2011. Mr Martin took action yesterday to limit the fall-out of the ‘phantom votes’ affair involving the two TDs. PHOTO: MARK CONDREN Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin pictured with Deputy Timmy Dooley and Deputy Niall Collins in 2011. Mr Martin took action yesterday to limit the fall-out of the ‘phantom votes’ affair involving the two TDs. PHOTO: MARK CONDREN

'VOTE-Gate' TDs Timmy Dooley and Niall Collins will remain suspended from the Fianna Fáil front bench party leader Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.

It comes after the publication of a report on last week's 'phantom voting' by the Clerk of the Dáil.

His probe was launched after the Irish Independent revealed that Mr Dooley’s vote was recorded six times despite his absence from the chamber.

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Fianna Fáil is the second largest political party in the Oireachtas. On 12 April 2011 party leader Micheál Martin appointed his second front bench , consisting of all 20 of the party's Teachtaí Dála ( TDs ) and one local councillor

Fianna Fáil TDs Niall Collins and Timmy Dooley are being investigated over a series of votes last week. Photograph: PA. The committee is expected to examine allegations that four senior Fianna Fail TDs were in breach of ethics legislation following a complaint from Fine Gael TD Noel Rock.

Niall Collins later admitted he had pressed Mr Dooley’s voting button in the mistaken belief Mr Dooley was still present.

Fine Gael's chief whip Seán Kyne opened the debate hitting out at the Fianna Fáil TDs involved in the 'vote-gate' scandal accusing them of acting in a "cavalier" and "arrogant" way.

Mr Martin hit out at what he argued were partisan attacks that have been made by other parties since the details of the controversy emerged last week.

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