Former Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes
On RTE’s Today with Sarah McInerney, former Fine Gael leader Alan Dukes said Fine Gael’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan and Fine Gael supporter, Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe should not resign.
Yet he said it was “absolutely inevitable” and correct that Dara Calleary and Jerry Buttimer resigned.
“They are people with significant political offices who should have been giving an example to everybody else.”
But in respect of Mr Hogan and Justice Woulfe, he said:
“Government officers should certainly resign. I don’t think there’s a case for Phil Hogan to resign. It’s an egregiously stupid thing for him to have done and similarily for Seamus Woulfe. But I don’t think that, in any way, they’re in the same position in relation to public opinion and the public action we need to take in this country to deal with this.”
Ms McInerney pointed out that Justice Woulfe broke the health guidelines.
Mr Duke replied:
“I’m sorry I don’t think that this event, in any way, calls into question his judgment as a Supreme Court judge. The case for Dara Calleary and Jerry Buttimer is completely different.”
In addition, at one point, Ms McInerney, who is presenting her final Today show today, told listeners:
“It wasn’t just Phil Hogan, it wasn’t just Seamus Woulfe, former broadcaster Sean O’Rourke was there as well and others. And we’d be happy to hear from any of them and if they would like to come on the show before 12 o’clock, we will make space to speak to them.”
— Peter Branigan (@PeterBranigan) August 21, 2020