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Ex-MEPs drop court move over secretaries

TWO former FF MEPs are no longer seeking the dismissal of High Court actions by their former secretaries over allegedly being left without pensions.

It remains unclear if the actions against James Fitzsimons and Liam Hyland will go ahead.

Kathleen Egan and Margaret Hackett allege the MEPs claimed allowances for two other unnamed persons from the European Parliament rather than for them.

Ms Egan (61), Caucestown, Athboy, Co Meath, and Ms Hackett (66), Borris-in-Ossory, Co Laois, claimed they were employed as Dail secretaries and MEP assistants to Mr Fitzsimons and Mr Hyland.

Both men retired in 2004 and it was only then, the women claim, they realised they would not get pensions.

Yesterday, counsel told the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, both motions to dismiss could be struck out and the judge made those orders.