HOLIDAYS IN SPAIN BY TWO MONAGHAN COUNCILLORS LEAD TO QUESTIONS OVER COMPLIANCE WITH COVID RESTRICTIONS

28 August 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

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Michael Fisher

Two Monaghan Councillors have separately justified their actions after travelling to Spain at the end of July but not fully restricting their movements on their return to Ireland earlier this month. Independent Councillor Paudge Connolly came to national attention as being one of the eighty-one guests at a controversial dinner in Co. Galway last week hosted by the Oireachtas Golf Society. The arrangements for the dinner at the Station House Hotel in Clifden have already led to the resignation of the Minister for Agriculture, Dara Calleary TD, who was a guest speaker at the event.

The position of the EU Commissioner Phil Hogan is also hanging by a thread. He was among the attendance and has been asked to submit a dossier about the circumstances and his movements in Ireland to the Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, who will consider in the next few days whether any further action is needed. Cllr Connolly sat at a suitably spaced table of eight along with Michael McQuaid; Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer (who has resigned as Leas Cathaoirleach) and his partner; FG Senator John Cummins; Kevin Curran; and the former Circuit Court judge and former TD Pat McCartan and Kevin McCartan. He explained later that the function had been divided…

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