Dáil to be recalled early following controversy surrounding Oireachtas Golf Society dinner 6 months ago

Dáil to be recalled early following controversy surrounding Oireachtas Golf Society dinner

It will return following the reopening of schools.

The Dáil is to be recalled in the wake of controversy surrounding a dinner by the Oireachtas Golf Society which is under investigation by Gardaí for breaching Covid health regulations.

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In a statement, the Government said: “The Taoiseach, Tánaiste, and Minister Eamon Ryan have agreed that the Dáil should be recalled following the reopening of schools. The Taoiseach will make this request to the Ceann Comhairle on Monday.”

TDs voted on 31 July to begin their six-week summer break and the Dáil was not due to sit again until 15 September.

The decision to recall the Dáil means it will return at least a week earlier than originally planned.

The government has come under increasing pressure from opposition parties in recent days to recall the Dáil, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin initially dismissing the suggestion on Friday.

A politcal storm has unfolded after it emerged that 82 people attended the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden on Wednesday night, just 24 hours after the government had announced tighter public health restrictions to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dara Calleary resigned as Minister for Agriculture and Jerry Buttimer resigned as Seanad Leas-Cathaoirleach after it was confirmed they had attended the dinner.

Also at the event were European Commissioner Phil Hogan, Supreme Court Judge Seamus Woulfe, Independent TD for Galway West Noel Grealish, five more senators from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and former RTÉ broadcaster Sean O'Rourke.

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