'Missing' Fianna Fáil TDs to face Chief Whip

Thursday 18 February 2010 16.31
Pat Carey - Fianna Fáil Chief Whip
Pat Carey - Fianna Fáil Chief Whip

Seven Fianna Fáil TDs who missed a series of Dáil votes today without permission are to are to be summoned by the Government Chief Whip next week.

Pat Carey said he was very disappointed with the behaviour of the deputies, which led to the Ceann Comhairle using his casting vote for the first time in well over a decade.

The seven deputies have been written to, and summoned to a meeting with Mr Carey on Tuesday.

He is expected to reiterate the duty of Government TDs to attend votes in the House to them individually, and to the entire Fianna Fáil parliamentary party on Tuesday evening.

Among the missing TDs were the chairman of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party John Browne.

The others, according to the Chief Whip's office, were Tom Kitt, Chris Andrews, Niall Collins, Beverly Flynn, Michael Moynihan and MJ Nolan.

Deputy Kitt returned from a funeral in Dundrum in time to take part in some of the votes, while Deputy Nolan missed only one of the divisions.