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Pee Flynn and Bertie Ahern’s offer resignation in letters to party HQ

FIANNA Fail has confirmed that both Padraig Flynn has followed Bertie Ahern in sending a resignation letter to party headquarters.

The former Taoiseach announced his resignation at the weekend ahead of a motion to expel him to be taken next Friday night. A letter followed today.

Padraig Flynn, a former Miinster and EU Commissioner who was found to be guilty of corruption in last's dramatc Mahon Tribunal Report, also send a formal letter of resignation.

A letter of resignation from Councillor John Hannon has also been received.



Fianna Fáil have confirmed Bertie Ahern has resigned from the party in a letter received this morning.



The former Taoiseach announced his resignation at the weekend ahead of a motion to expel him to be taken next Friday night.



Another letter of resignation from Councillor John Hannon has also been received.



Meanwhile, Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald has joined Labour’s Joe Costello in calling for the pensions of politicians, who are found guilty of corruption or misconduct, to be stopped.

Last night the Junior Minister Costello said he would be pressing for a referendum on the matter to allow the pensions of such people to be withdrawn.

Ms. Fitzgerald has said taking away pensions from civil servants who are found guilty of such serious offences should be considered.

She said: "The public want to see action, the scale of the corruption is sickening, and the Government will act on the recommendations of the Tribunal.

Asked if she believed pensions should be taken, the Minister replied: "Certainly, that has to be examined."