Big Phil should Resign, along with Judge Woulfe, but they will battle it out no doubt. If Martin has any Balls now, he should push for their Resignations, as he did Barry Cowen. Problem is Michael wont do it?
Micheál Martin’s Government has been rocked by the fall-out from an Oireachtas Golf Society event in Galway on Wednesday night, as revealed by the Irish Examiner.
The then Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary was among over 80 people who attended the event, which breached public health guidelines.
Current public health guidelines around Covid-19 say that no more than 50 people should gather indoors.
The main events so far:
Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary has resigned;
Galway West TD Noel Grealish has apologised saying “it was an error of judgement”;
Senator Jerry Buttimer has resigned as Leas Cathaoirleach of the Seanad;
Gardaí have confirmed they are investigating the event for alleged breaches of Covid-19 regulations.
Phil Hogan confirmed he attended and claims he fully complied with guidelines
Leo Varadkar has removed the Fine Gael whip from Senators Jerry Buttimer, Paddy Burke and John Cummins
Former Attorney General Seamus Woulfe confirmed he attended believing event complied with guidelines
The event, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Oireachtas Gold Society, saw other public figures attend, including EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, Supreme Court judge and former Attorney General Seamus Woulfe, Circuit Court judge Pat McCartan, Independent TD Noel Grealish and senators Paul Daly, Aidan Davitt, Niall Blaney, Paddy Burke, John Cummins and Jerry Buttimer.
12.53pm: Fine Gael Senator John Cummins says he should not have gone to the dinner, while Fianna Fail Senator Paul Daly has said sorry for the upset caused.
12.03pm: Supreme Court judge and former Attorney General Seamus Woulfe has confirmed that he attended the event on the understanding that it complied with public health guidelines.
He released a statement saying: “I confirm that I attended one day of the Oireachtas Golf Society outing in Ballyconneally on Wednesday 19th August, as an invited guest.
“I was not aware in advance that there was going to be an organised dinner as part of the event.
On learning of the proposed dinner during the course of that day, my understanding was that the organisers and the hotel had satisfied themselves that they would be operating within Government public health guidelines.
“I attended based on that understanding, that it would be within the guidelines, but do apologise for any unintentional breach of any of the new guidelines on my part.
“I would never disregard governmental or health authorities advice regarding public health, and have been at pains to follow rules and guidelines since their introduction in March.
“That I ended up in a situation where breaches may have occurred, is of great regret to me, and for which I am sorry. I unreservedly apologise.”
11.40am: The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has removed the party whip from Senators Jerry Buttimer, Paddy Burke and John Cummins.
The Fine Gael leader said he made the decision “in recognition of the seriousness of this matter”.
He added: “All have apologised profusely and accept they made a serious error of judgment.”