Irish government agrees to recall parliament

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The Taoiseach Micheál Martin will request the return of the Dáil on Monday


The Irish government agreed to recall the Dáil (Irish parliament) early amid a controversy over the attendance of politicians at a dinner party with more than 80 people.

The politicians were not due to return until September 15.

Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Micheál Martin will request this from Ceann Comhairle (President) on Monday.

The coalition government agreed that the Dáil should be recalled after the schools reopened.

Opposition politicians had called for the Dáil to be recalled following the dinner controversy that had already called for the resignation of Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary, who had attended the dinner in Galway.

Irish police are investigating whether the dinner violated Covid-19 regulations.

The event came a day after tighter lockdown restrictions were announced.

EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan, who was also present at the event, was reportedly pressured to consider his position.

As EU Trade Commissioner, Mr Hogan would lead free trade negotiations with the UK if and when they start after Brexit.

However, the Sunday Independent reported that Messrs. Martin and Varadkar want the European Trade Commissioner to examine his position.

A government spokesperson told RTÉ that the two men believe that “the event should never have taken place, that the commissioner’s apologies came late and that he has yet to give a full account and an explanation. of its actions ”.

The Dáil’s return date has yet to be confirmed but is expected to be early next month.

Return pressure

The decision to recall the Dáil was taken by Taoiseach Martin, Tanáiste (Irish Deputy Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar and Minister Eamon Ryan, the leader of the Green Party.

There has been pressure for the Dáil to return following the controversy over the Oireachtas Golf Society’s dinner in Clifden, County Galway on Wednesday evening.

Speaking on RTÉ News on Friday, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald called for the return of Dáil, and said the event was “the last straw for many people.”

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Phil Hogan attended an Irish Parliamentary Golf Society event at a hotel in County Galway on Wednesday


Calls for his return have also been made by Labor leader Alan Kelly and Social Democrat co-leader Catherine Murphy.

Former Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary and Jerry Buttimer, who was the leas-chathaoirleach (vice-president of the Irish Senate), both stepped down after attending the event.

The president of the Oireachtas Golf Society has apologized “wholeheartedly” for the injuries caused by the dinner.

Other present at the event included Supreme Court Justice Séamus Woulfe and independent TD (MP) Noel Grealish.

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