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I was working the whole time in Morocco – Ming

LUKE 'Ming' Flanagan has defended his decision to sign himself as present in the Dail while on an all-expenses-paid trip to Morocco.

The controversial TD was one of only two politicians who asked for the Dail records to be changed to mark themselves as present while on the trip.

Fine Gael Senator Imelda Henry also requested for the days to be reconciled.

Other members of the delegation, including Cathaoirleach Paddy Burke, Fine Gael's John O'Mahony and Labour's John Lyons, did not do so.

Mr Flanagan said he reconciled the days because the trip had been work.



"When I was initially going out, I was very, very sceptical as to what was the purpose of it.

"We were in constant meetings, meeting people, talking to the leader of the opposition, talking to people in government so we were working the whole time," he told Galway Bay FM.

"I was working as far as I'm concerned. I was on official duties," he added.

The Independent TD said the hotel rooms had been paid for along with one meal with a political representative, but that other costs incurred were not covered.

"But after that I purchased all my own meals, I paid for whatever, my car parking on the way to the airport and all that sort of stuff, and so I should," he told the Keith Finnegan Show.