Friday 24 November 2017

Seanad leader calls on Labour Senator to report 'bribe' offer to Gardai

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

THE leader of the Seanad has called on Labour Senator Denis Landy to go to the gardai about being offered a "bribe" if he missed last week's votes on the abolition of the Seanad.

Mr Landy has said he was approached by an individual who told him he would get flights and accommodation in New York if he stayed away from the Seanad last week - which was voting on the Seanad abolition bill and the abortion bill.

In the Seanad, the Seanad leader Maurice Cummins said it was an extremely serious matter for any Senator to be offered a "bribe" or "inducement" not to cast a vote. The Fine Gael senator called on Senator Landy to report the matter to the Gardai.

"I would hope that if it hasn't been done to date, it will be done immediately by Senator Landy," he said.

Mr Landy has not named the individual who approached him. He told the Sunday Independent last weekend that he had been gobsmacked to get the offer.

"I was approached by an individual in Leinster House and offered flights and a stay in a top hotel in New York should I go missing during this week," he said.

However, Mr Landy did not take up the offer and stayed in the Seanad last week to vote with the Government in favour of the Seanad abolition bill and the abortion bill. He has not named the individual who made the holiday offer to him.

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