Ireland Election leads to collapse of Votegate probe

09:15  15 january  2020
09:15  15 january  2020 Source:   independent.ie

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Ethics inquiries into three Fianna Fáil TDs involved in the Votegate controversy have collapsed with the dissolution of the 32nd Dáil.

The Oireachtas confirmed that all inquiries by the Dáil Members' Interests Committee fall with the General Election under way.

Fine Gael's complaints against Fianna Fáil TDs Niall Collins and Timmy Dooley and the party's Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers were being considered.

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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said it was "regrettable" that the inquiries were not finalised but would not be drawn on whether they should be taken up in the next Dáil.

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The committee had made no final decision on Mr Dooley and Mr Collins, who were both removed from the Fianna Fáil frontbench after the Irish Independent revealed that Mr Collins voted six times for Mr Dooley who was not present in the Dáil chamber last October.

Ms Chambers has been the subject of a complaint after footage showed seven votes being attributed to Mr Dooley while she was sitting in his place in a Dáil voting block last year. Mr Dooley said he was in chamber at the time.


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