After Reading this, Question remains, while Fianna Fail are in Power, Corruption, and Cover Ups, are not too Far behind…….

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No video evidence of Senator Lisa Chambers voting on behalf of colleague

  4 hrs ago

The Seanad’s ethics committee will not investigate Senator Lisa Chambers after being unable to find conclusive video evidence that she voted on behalf of her colleague Timmy Dooley.

In the latest twist to the long-running ‘Votegate’ controversy, the Seanad’s members’ interests committee has decided not to carry out an investigation into a complaint that Ms Chambers breached the Ethics in Public Office Act when she sat in the seat of and voted on behalf of Mr Dooley on January 17, 2019.

The Sunday Independent revealed two years ago that Dáil video footage on that date showed seven votes being recorded in Mr Dooley’s seat while Ms Chambers sat in his place for almost 50 minutes.

Mr Dooley claimed that he was in the chamber at the time, while Ms Chambers later said it was “entirely normal” to sit in a colleague’s seat if they were elsewhere in the chamber.

The issue was the subject of a complaint to the Dáil’s ethics committee by Fine Gael, as well as lobbyist and former Fianna Fáil member Kristofer Shekleton.

The committee chair, Fianna Fáil Senator Shane Cassells, said in a letter to Mr Shekleton last month that video evidence shows Ms Chambers in Mr Dooley’s seat during a period when five votes were called in the Dáil. But it does not show her during the periods of active voting with the Dáil’s seating plan and votes’ progress instead appearing on screen.

The Committee was told by Oireachtas authorities that no other video footage of the actual votes exists.

“The Committee noted that there was no way of identifying the person who may have voted on behalf of Deputy Timothy Dooley, or whether the alleged votes were cast by Senator Chambers,” Mr Cassells wrote.

He also said the committee was satisfied that there was “no evidence at all of double-voting or attempted double-voting”.

Ms Chambers declined to comment when contacted yesterday, while Fergus O’Dowd, who complained on behalf of Fine Gael, said he had not received any correspondence from the committee.

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