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And users of social networks took the opportunity to call for the collapse of the administration. The new rules – agreed 24 hours earlier – ban indoor gatherings of more than six people, around 80 of whom attended the event at the County Galway Station House Hotel.

Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary tendered his resignation after details were released, while Fianna Fail chief Mr Martin also removed Paul Daly’s party whip Aidan Davitt and Niall Blaney.Deputy leader and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar, Mr Martin’s predecessor as Taoiseach, also removed the whip of three of his party’s senators: Jerry Buttimer, Paddy Burke and John Cummins.

Mr Buttimer has also resigned from his post as Leas-Chathaoirleach, Deputy Speaker of the Senate, the Irish equivalent of the House of Lords.

In addition, Phil Hogan, currently Ireland’s EU agricultural commissioner, has also come under harsh criticism, with Mr Martin demanding he apologize.

Mr Martin, who took office in June, has had a rough start to his tenure, and Mr Calleary had only been in the post for 37 days, after replacing Barry Cowen, who was also forced to resign after details a historical drinking and driving offense. emerged.

The coalition between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Greens is expected to see Mr Varadkar return to Taoiseach in 2022 – but some Twitter users have suggested it may not last that long.

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Mary-Lou McDonald, leader of Sinn Fein, in opposition even though she obtained the highest percentage of first preference votes in the February general election, commented: “I spoke with the Taoiseach. He refused my request to recall the Dail.

” He is wrong. The government is more and more chaotic, confused, without direction. They must be held accountable. ”

Mr Varadkar tweeted: “The event organized by the Oireachtas Golf Society should not have taken place.

“I understand how extremely difficult the restrictions have been on people and the enormous sacrifices we have all made.

“Funerals, baptisms, weddings, family vacations and other really important family occasions have been abandoned to protect each other and the most vulnerable. As representatives, we must lead by example.

Speaking on RTE, Martin said he “fully understands” the anger many are feeling.

He added, “I wasn’t expecting it in any form or form.

“There won’t be a rule for those in office. Dara Calleary was responsible. ”

Regarding Mr. Hogan, Mr. Martin said: “He should apologize. I think he should be much more complete in his response to this. ”

Also speaking to RTE later, Mr Hogan said he “apologized for any distress caused by my presence”.


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