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Saturday 21 October 2017

Wallace formally resigns from Dail technical group

TAX cheat Mick Wallace has finally formally resigned from the Dail technical group
TAX cheat Mick Wallace has finally formally resigned from the Dail technical group

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

TAX cheat Mick Wallace has finally formally resigned from the Dail technical group -- 10 days after his apparent departure.

Mr Wallace has written to Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett informing him he has officially resigned from the group of Independent and small-party TDs.

The Independent TD is understood to have initially refused to sign a letter saying he had permanently resigned.

Independent TD Finian McGrath confirmed yesterday Mr Wallace had resigned from the group, sent a letter to the Ceann Comhairle and has also resigned from the Oireachtas European Affairs committee. "He is gone completely from the technical group," he said.

The controversy over Mr Wallace descended into farce this week amid confusion over whether he had actually resigned from the group.

A row broke out in the technical group over a proposal to remove his membership of the Oireachtas committee, which he holds as a member of the group. Mr Wallace's close friend, Socialist Party TD Clare Daly, claimed he had only temporarily left the group and would be returning.

Ms Daly's claim caused consternation in the group, with several TDs insisting he was not coming back.

At one point, the very future of the group was in doubt.

A delegation was sent to Mr Wallace to ask him to confirm his resignation from the group in writing.

Mr Wallace was approached on Wednesday and again on Thursday. He eventually agreed to sign and send the letter.

Irish Independent

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