Saturday 16 December 2017

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett requests inquiry into TD Mick Wallace’s tax affairs reporters

CEANN Comhairle Sean Barrett has requested an investigation into Wexford TD Mick Wallace’s tax affairs.

He has written to the Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Members' Interests, Thomas Pringle, asking him to convene an inquiry.

Deputy Wallace's company MJ Wallace Ltd reached a €2.1m settlement with the Revenue Commissioners, which he says it will be unable to pay.

Mr Wallace said: "I acknowledged that what I did was wrong, but I did it in good faith."

Today the whip of his Dail Technical Group, Independent TD Catherine Murphy, said she wouldn’t call on him to resign his seat as he was democratically elected

Ms Murphy said that it was not for her to call for Mr Wallace to be subject to vote of censure in the Dail, which would have to come from the appropriate Dail committees.

"I completely disapprove of what he did. I'm saying that very clearly; other members of the technical group have said exactly the same thing.

"Essentially that's what these Dail committees are for is to look at it and bring forward, if it is deemed to be the right thing to do, something like a vote of censure,” she told Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1.

"I am certainly open to that, once it goes through the proper procedures where somebody gets a fair hearing."

Socialist and United Left Alliance TD Clare Daly told RTE that if Mr Wallace's account of events is true, in relation to a failure by his company to pay VAT on the sale of apartments, then she believes that Mr Wallace is fit for office.

Speaking on the News at One, Ms Daly said that "it was a very unfortunate episode, and that citizens should pay their taxes."

Irish Independent

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