O'Dea called on to answer perjury claims

Monday 15 February 2010 17.44
Willie O'Dea - Knew interview was being recorded
Willie O'Dea - Knew interview was being recorded

Limerick Labour TD Jan O'Sullivan has added to calls for the Minister for Defence, Willie O'Dea, to make a full statement regarding issues that have arisen after a defamation action was taken against him last December.

Last week, Fine Gael Senator Eugene Regan called on the Minister to resign from office because the Senator said Mr O'Dea 'had on his own admission lied on oath and apologised to the court'.

Deputy O'Sullivan said today that the Minister should have checked all available details before he signed a High Court affidavit.

She said that in his column in a Sunday newspaper, the Minister stated that he knew that the interview in question was being recorded.

Deputy O'Sullivan said that the Minister should have checked the details if he was aware of the recording before signing a court affidavit.

She also said that the Minister is a trained solicitor and should know the seriousness of evidence being given to a court that is not accurate.

Deputy O'Sullivan said that Minister O'Dea should know the seriousness of this matter but needs to acknowledge it and clarify his position in the Dáil.

Willie O'Dea was not available for interview today, but a spokesperson said that he would deal with any questions that would be raised in the Dáil.