Monday 22 January 2018

McGrath steps down as chair over new Wallace row

Mr Wallace indicated he may stand down at the next general election, the 'Gorey Guardian' newspaper reported last night.
Mr Wallace indicated he may stand down at the next general election, the 'Gorey Guardian' newspaper reported last night.

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

TAX cheat Mick Wallace has again caused uproar in the Technical Group of Independent TDs, with group chairman Finian McGrath resigning because Mr Wallace rejoined the loose alliance.

Mr Wallace walked into their weekly meeting in Leinster House today, even though numerous members do not want him back.

This led Mr McGrath to resign as chairman, and to walk out of the meeting. The Dublin Bay North TD had vowed to resign if Mr Wallace returned.

The Wexford TD does not need permission from the others to rejoin the group, which gives him more Dail speaking rights.

Under Dail rules, the group did not have the power to force him out in the first place, and there is nothing they can do to prevent him from rejoining. He initially left when controversy over his tax cheating first erupted in June.

In a statement, Mr McGrath said he is “fed up” with Mr Wallace.

“I am also appalled at the procedures in Dail Eireann, where rules force a group of Independent TDs to have a member that the vast majority don’t want,” Mr McGrath said.

He also took issue with Mr Wallace’s recent comments on loyalty within Leinster House, asking: “Loyalty to what? Tax evasion?”

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