TD quits Dail alliance over Wallace row
The fallout from Mick Wallace's exposure as a tax cheat continued last night when a TD resigned from Joe Higgins's United Left Alliance (ULA).
Tipperary South TD Seamus Healy said his Workers and Unemployed Action Group (WUAG) was leaving the ULA.
Mr Healy directly blamed the alliance's handling of the Wallace affair and its failure to call on him to resign.
Immediately after Mr Wallace announced he had withheld tax from the Revenue Commissioners, Mr Healy said they proposed the ULA call for his resignation as a TD.
"This proposal was vetoed by the Socialist Party. WUAG then publicly called for his resignation in its own name," he said.
After the general election, the ULA's team of five TDs was made up of the Socialist Party's TDs Mr Higgins and Clare Daly, People Before Profit's Richard Boyd-Barrett and Joan Collins and Mr Healy's WUAG.
In the wake of the Wallace controversy, Ms Daly has now left the Socialist Party, but remains in the ULA, while Mr Healy has now left the ULA.
Mr Healy said his group continued to persuade the ULA of its view on Mr Wallace but "without success".
"A short time ago, we again formally proposed that the ULA call for his resignation. On this occasion, our proposal was vetoed by People Before Profit/Socialist Workers Party in addition to the Socialist Party," he said.
"As an organisation committed to tax equity and defence of public services, we now believe that we can more effectively campaign for these objectives outside the United Left Alliance," he added.