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Friday 22 September 2017

Ming admits it was 'corrupt' to write to gardai on penalty points issue

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan. Photo: Tom Burke
Luke 'Ming' Flanagan. Photo: Tom Burke
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

A COUNCIL is due to issue a statement clarifying what happened in the incident where Independent TD Luke Ming Flanagan claims an official had his penalty points wiped out.

Mr Flanagan says he has no intention of resigning over the penalty points affair.

But he has admitted his actions in writing to gardai to get his penalty points written off was corrupt.

He says it was stupid but he has no intention of resigning

The Independent TD revealed in the Dail last night he has had penalty points quashed twice for using a mobile phone while driving.

He told the Dail that the second incident occurred in December 2011 when he was driving into a meeting Roscommon County Council meeting.

Mr Flanagan says a council official rang him to say he had “sorted out” his points.

Roscommon County Manager Frank Dawson has cancelled a trip abroad for St Patrick's Day to deal with the matter. 

There is no suggestion Mr Dolphin was the official involved in the alleged incident.

It is believed the county council is trying to get in touch with a third party who may have been involved.

Speaking this morning, Deputy Flanagan finally apologised for his actions which he said were "corrupt and stupid".

However he rejected suggestions that he should resign over the scandal.

"No I don't think it's a resigning matter, there are a lot of other things I'll be able to do for the people of Roscommon and South Leitrim and the new constituency into the future," told Shannonside Radio.

"But there's no questioning it, I have let people down. There's no denying that and for the people of Ireland, I am sorry," he added.

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