I really wish our TDs would stop behaving like glorified County Cllrs. A TD is a legislator – if they don’t vote on legislation, what’s the point?
Fianna Fáil TD at centre of ‘votegate’ controversy lands prestigious European role
A Fianna Fail TD at the centre of the ‘votegate’ controversy has been elected to a prestigious role in a major European Parliament political grouping.
Clare TD Timmy Dooley was re-elected this morning as one of six vice-presidents of the Alde Group, which is Fianna Fail’s affiliated political grouping in the European Parliament.
The Alde Group’s official Twitter account announced the election result and congratulated Mr Dooley and the five other successful candidates. Mr Dooley served as an Alde Group vice-president for the last five years.
Last Sunday, he was sacked by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin after it emerged Limerick County TD Niall Collins voted for him six times when he was not in the Dail chamber.
Mr Dooley and Mr Collins are both currently under investigation by a Dail ethics committee over the controversy which Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail described as “stark and unpalatable”.
In a letter sent to the secretary general of the Alde Group Jacob Moroza Rasmussen days before the voting controversy emerged, Mr Martin praised Mr Dooley for his service to the political group.
“I know that, if re-elected, Timmy will redouble his efforts and to everything possible to help parties as they seek to grow and meet the serious challenges of securing a reformed Europe based on inclusive growth and the rule of law,” Mr Martin wrote.
Fred sums up: Dooley and Collins and the others will go under the Radar, Rise again, and carry on as usual. Dooley has just got rewarded for being a complete Muppet, this is truly a Corrupt Country, led by the Chancers in Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Does anyone really care about the impact of Brexit on the Republic of Ireland? The Good Friday Agreement 1998 is blowing in the wind and we are not talking about Renewable Energy either. Highly recommend Chunky Mark