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Fine Gael readmits three senators who lost party whip over their attendance at Golfgate

The Fine Gael Parliamentary Party has unanimously agreed to readmit three senators who lost the whip over their attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner last year.

The motion for admittance was put down by Varadkar this afternoon.

“At the start of a new Oireachtas session I think it is time to readmit Senators Jerry Buttimer, Paddy Burke and John Cummins back into the Parliamentary Party.

“They have all acknowledged that what happened at the Oireachtas Golf event should not have happened, have apologised and took responsibility immediately,” Varadkar told party members this afternoon.

“They have been out of the Parliamentary Party for five months and it’s time for them to get back to working with us across the whole range of Oireachtas work, including battling against Covid,” he added.

The Fine Gael Leader removed the party whip from Senators Jerry Buttimer, Paddy Burke and John Cummins “in recognition of the seriousness of this matter” last August.

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