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O'Dea should quit now, says Quinlivan

THE LIMERICK councillor at the centre of the Willie O'Dea controversy has called for the Minster to resign because he doesn't have the moral authority to continue in his post.

Minister O'Dea survived a motion of "no confidence" last night despite revelations that he withdrew a sworn affidavit to the High Court last year in which he made a false statement while under oath.

Sinn Fein Councillor Maurice Quinlivan took the defamation action against O'Dea after the Minister falsely accused him of being involved in the operation of a brothel in Limerick city.

Councillor Quinlivan told the Herald that Minister O'Dea should stand down because he didn't have the "moral authority" to hold a cabinet post.

"I think the Minister should resign, I think he should resign because he's failed as a cabinet minister and he's failed the people of Limerick," he said.

However, Green party chairman Senator Dan Boyle has announced he does not have confidence in Minister for Defence Willie O'Dea, despite the motion of confidence in the Minister passed by the Dail yesterday with the support of the Green TDs.

"As regards to Minister O'Dea, I don't have confidence in him. His situation is compromised. Probably be a few chapters in this story yet," Senator Boyle said on his Twitter site.

The Green Party chairman said he was not happy with how the matter had been dealt with yesterday.

"Not happy with what happened today," he wrote on Twitter. "Believe we bounced into supporting motion. Next week would have been fine."

Despite his comments, Paul Gogarty from the Green Party today claimed that he did not believe the issue was a resigning matter for Mr O'Dea.

Councillor Quinlivan has called on the Green party to exercise their power in government and insist on the resignation. "I'd like the Greens taking the moral high ground and insist on Minister O'Dea stepping down," he said.

"I know Green people who are very uncomfortable with what is happening."

In a statement on Wednesday evening, the Minister accepted the evidence he had given the court was mistaken but he added that evidence and testimony was regularly corrected in the courts without allegations of lying.

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