Keith Swanick as a GP (left) And as Fianna Fail Senator and his voting record – the poorest in Seanad Eireann by some distance
Further to an RTE Investigates investigation into missed votes – and expense claims – in the upper house.
Via RTÉ Investigates:
In the first seven months of this year, Dr [Keith]Swanick voted in just six of the 114 votes that took place.
Dr Swanick has claimed his full entitlements under the TAA scheme. As a Mayo resident, he is entitled to claim just over €28,000 each year. From June 2016 to the end of 2018, he received close to €73,000 in travel expenses.
Dr Swanick has a general practice in Belmullet, Co Mayo. Last year, he received €520,000 under the General Medical Services (GMS) scheme, the highest amount for any GP in Mayo. In a statement, Dr Swanick said this figure was a “gross amount” and did not represent his personal income.
On Monday 8 July, RTÉ Investigates phoned his surgery to see if he was available to see patients the following day, Tuesday 9 July, which was also a Seanad voting day.
We were told Dr Swanick would be available for appointments that Tuesday at 3.30pm and at 4.50pm.
Oireachtas records show Dr Swanick was recorded at Leinster House that Tuesday.
He was at Leinster House the following morning, Wednesday 10 July, at 9am and participated in a Health Committee meeting.
RTÉ Investigates asked Dr Swanick if, following the completion of surgery on Tuesday 9 July, at around 5pm, he drove to Leinster House – about a four-hour drive from Belmullet – to record his attendance that evening.
He did not respond.