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This morning.

Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy announced his resignation.

The party has just released the following press statement on behalf of Mr Murphy:

“Last night, on Tuesday the 3rd of December, I met with Acting Ceann Comhairle and gave him a letter informing him of my decision to resign my seat in Dáil Éireann.

“The contents of the letter are included below.

“I also met the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last night and spoke to him about my decision. I will commence a new position in the European Commission today.

“I will of course co-operate with any relevant statutory procedure that may be initiated.

“In addition, I would like to acknowledge and give thanks for the support I have received from so many people: the Taoiseach and the Fine Gael party, at local and national level; my family; and most importantly I would like to thank the people of Cork North Central.”


“Dear Acting Ceann Comhairle,

I would like to inform you that I am resigning my seat in Dáil Éireann with immediate effect. I would ask you to please inform the House at an appropriate time. I would also like you to please convey my gratitude and best wishes to all members and staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas.

It has been an honour to represent the people of Cork and work with so many fine people for the past nine years. I would also like to thank you for your professionalism and courtesy.

Dara Murphy”


Wrong Murphy but still.

Dara Murphy resigns as Fine Gael TD (RTÉ)

Yesterday: Cheating Us All


Leo Varadkar (left) launching his ‘Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All’ campaign, when he was Minister for Social Protection in May 2017; Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy (right).

Communications Minister Richard Burton said Mr Murphy now needs to show his expense claims were justifiable.

Mr Bruton said: “Now he needs to account for what claims he made and whether those claims were justifiable.

“I mean, a lot of questions have surfaced in the media and they do have to be answered, I think it’s important that the committee on members’ interests investigate this and thrash it out,” Mr Bruton said.

Fine Gael Minister Says Murphy Should Pay Back Expenses (Irish Examiner)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton in the lobby of his department in Dublin this morning

ThIs morning/afternoon.

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton has said he is “absolutely confident” that the no-confidence motion in the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy will be defeated in the Dáil tomorrow night.

However, he added that if Opposition parties want to have a Christmas election then they should “bring it on“.


Earlier: That Seemed To Go Well Part 2

That Seemed To Go Well

Previously: Too Posh To Be Pushed



The National Show Centre, Dublin

Scenes from the Fingal by-election count. From top: Fianna Fáil candidate Lorraine Clifford Lee: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre) and Fine Gael candidate Dr James Reilly (left); Taoiseach Varadkar (second right) and Dr Reilly (far right) ; winning Green Party Candidate Joe O’Brien; Dr James Reilly.

Earlier: That Seemed To Go Well Part 1

Sam Boal/Rollingnews


St Joseph’s Club Community Centre, Bishopswater, Wexford.

Scenes from the Wexford by-election count. From top: Fine Gael Director of Election Charlie Flanagan; Fine Gael candidate Verona Murphy; Mr Flanagan and Ms Murphy observe the tally; Fianna Fáil candidate Malcolm Byrne celebrates his win; Mr Flanagan and former Fine Gael government minister Avril Doyle following the result.

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

Saturday: ‘All To Play For’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (centre) and Fine Gael by-election candidate Verona Murphy (left) canvassing in Wexford town yesterday


Main Street, Wexford.

…It was unusual when it comes to a canvas in a county town four days before a by-election, that publicity opportunities would be shunned, but it’s been an unusual campaign for Fine Gael in Wexford.

They [Varadkar and candidate Murphy) largely received a positive reception, with smiles and banter a-plenty between the public and the politicians, although one man in The Book Centre, when asked if he would like to be introduced to the visitors, confided that he would not be seen in such company

Smiles and banter from Varadkar in Wexford but no time for the waiting press (RTÉ)

Previously: Due Diligence

Pic: RTÉ

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Verona Murphy at the opening of Ms Murphy’s by-election campaign offices in Wexford town last July

This morning.

Via Irish Independent:

Fine Gael’s leadership didn’t know its besieged candidate Verona Murphy was also at the centre of bullying allegations made by a female worker.

The party is embroiled in controversy over its by-election candidate linking migrants with terror group Isil.

Despite concerns within the party about Ms Murphy’s views, Tánaiste Simon Coveney gave a significant show of support yesterday by campaigning with her in Wexford.

Ms Murphy is the president of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA). Last year, the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) found an office manager at the IRHA was penalised for raising concerns of alleged bullying by Ms Murphy and others.

The female worker, who is in her 60s, raised a bullying and harassment complaint against the president and claimed Ms Murphy “took umbrage against her for raising such concerns”. Ms Murphy denied the allegations.

Fine Gael sources said the party knew nothing about the matter until now….


Fine Gael ‘in dark’ on bullying case against besieged candidate Verona Murphy (irish Independent)

Earlier: Dan Boyle: An Epitaph To Epithets

Top Pic: Wexford Today

Not around the eyes.

This afternoon.

New Ross, County Wexford.

A billboard belonging to Fine Gael by-election candidate Verona Murphy ahead of the Wexford by-election on November 29.

Ms Murphy has caused controversy by suggesting asylum seeker children as young as three need to be “deprogrammed” as they may have been manipulated by ISIS.

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews


A bream ticket.

Suit yourselves.

Earlier: The Wait Debate

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews


Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey released the statement above after her party’s National Executive Council announced earlier that it was deselecting her as a candidate for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in the next general election.

Maria Bailey deselected as Fine Gael election candidate (RTÉ)

Earlier: Set In Motion

Previously: ‘I Found Myself On The Floor’