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 Patrick Nulty. Photo: Tom Burke

Patrick Nulty. Photo: Tom Burke

Patrick Nulty. Photo: Tom Burke

GARDAI are investigating if disgraced politician Patrick Nulty committed a criminal offence after he sent lewd messages to a teenage girl via Facebook.

It has emerged the scale of Nulty's sordid communications is much greater than originally thought, with another woman revealing the former independent TD sent her texts asking if she had read raunchy sex book Fifty Shades of Grey.

Nulty quit his seat at the weekend after it emerged he sent inappropriate messages via the popular social media website to a 17-year-old girl.

The independent TD is expected to officially resign his seat today by sending a signed letter to Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett.

The Herald can reveal that gardai have made informal contact with Nulty with a view to initiating a full investigation into his behaviour.

It is expected that the former 2011 Dublin West by-election victor will formally meet with garda officers within the next few days, though sources say that he is not obliged to as the 17-year-old girl has not made a complaint about the indecent messages.

RESIGNATION

Sources say that for the investigation to progress, the north Dublin girl must make an official complaint.

Meanwhile, high-profile homeowner campaigner David Hall has revealed he is considering running as an independent candidate to contend the space vacated by Patrick Nulty.

The outspoken boss of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation (IMHO) said he had always been interested in becoming a national politician, and now it was time to "put up or shut up".

"The answer is I am interested. If I run, I will run as an independent, I won't run for any party. There is enough party representation in Dublin West," Mr Hall said.

He lives in Castleknock in west Dublin, where a by-election will take place following Nulty's resignation over sending inappropriate messages to young women.

Since the crash, Mr Hall has been in high demand from homeowners with distressed mortgages.

Mr Hall has said he was approached informally by Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour about running in the European elections but he said he felt his constituency needed a strong independent candidate.

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton yesterday said that she was "shocked" by the messages sent by Mr Nulty.

Mr Nulty has since apologised to his constituents and said he was receiving treatment for alcohol abuse.

The possibility of criminal proceedings being launched comes as details emerged of a text message Nulty sent to a woman two years ago.

"Have you read fifty shades of grew (grey) yet? :)" read the text to the woman's phone from his number. The recipient did not reply to the politician.

Erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey, written by author EL James, became a literary sensation when it sold more than 100 million copies after it was published in 2011.

The former TD failed to respond to efforts to contact him made by the Herald yesterday.

MESSAGES

He was asked why he sent the messages, and how many women had received inappropriate messages from him.

Mr Nulty was forced to quit his seat after he was approached by a Sunday newspaper who revealed it had become aware of several Facebook messages he had sent to a 17-year-old girl, one of which asked her: "Have you ever been spanked?"

More communications have surfaced including one where Mr Nulty allegedly told a constituent she looked "hot".

He is also alleged to have asked one woman to send him her underwear in the post.

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