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Sunday 21 January 2018

John Drennan: Mitchell will quit the Dail if censured

By-election likely to be sparked by FG inquiry

FACING INQUIRY: Fine Gael's Olivia Mitchell at Leinster House
earlier this year. Photo: Tom Burke
FACING INQUIRY: Fine Gael's Olivia Mitchell at Leinster House earlier this year. Photo: Tom Burke

JOHN DRENNAN

The Government is facing an unwanted by-election in Dublin South if a Fine Gael internal inquiry into its members who were criticised by the Mahon tribunal censures the respected government backbencher Olivia Mitchell or withdraws the party whip from her.



Though Ms Mitchell has not commented publicly on the inquiry, which is due to meet with her next week, sources close to her told the Sunday Independent: "Olivia will absolutely reject, to the point of going to the courts, any attempt to censure her."

The Sunday Independent has also learnt that Ms Mitchell is "incandescent with anger" over comments from party colleagues on how Fine Gael should discipline the Dublin South TD.

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