Niall Collins

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Then government chief whip Séamus Brennan with Pat Rabbitte, Paul Bradford, Desmond O’Malley and John Gormley at a photocall on February 25th, 2002, to mark the introduction of electronic voting in the Dáil. Photograph: Maxwells/Handout

Thirty years ago, in 1989, Progressive Democrats leader Dessie O’Malley suggested to his coalition partner Charlie Haughey that it might be a good ide(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said electronic votes ‘shall only be taken when all members are seated in their designated seat’

Voting rules in the Dáil are to be tightened pending the outcome of investigations into the “votegate” controversy, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl h(...)

Fianna Fáil TDs Niall Collins and Timmy Dooley are being investigated over a series of votes last week. Photograph: PA

Fianna Fáil TDs Niall Collins and Timmy Dooley could each face a 30-day suspension from the Dáil if they are found to have breached voting rules by th(...)

Timmy Dooley, who with Niall Collins has stood down from the party’s frontbench pending the outcome of an investigation. Photograph: James Forde

Penalties should be introduced for TDs who abuse the electronic voting system in the Dáil and a new system of verifying votes should be introduced, a (...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl has ordered an investigation into the circumstances in which Niall Collins voted six times on behalf of his front bench colleague Timmy Dooley (above) who was not in the Dáil chamber when the electronic votes were recorded last Thursday. Photograph: James Forde

The irresponsible behaviour of senior members of the Fianna Fáil front bench who abused the voting system in the Dáil has created a severe embarrassme(...)

Minister of Justice Charlie Flanagan said what had happened was very serious. Photograph: PA

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has written to the Ceann Comhairle over what he has described as the “illegal act” of a Fianna Fáil frontbencher(...)

Fianna Fáil Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers TD said she sat in the wrong seat in the Dáil. File photograph: Fran Veale/The Irish Times

A Fianna Fáil frontbencher has said she mistakenly voted for her deputy leader in the Dáil last week. Lisa Chambers, the Fianna Fáil spokeswoman on B(...)

Protocols for voting are set out in the handbook that each new TD receives when elected to the Dáil. File photograph: The Irish Times

What’s the story with Dáil electronic voting? TDs vote by electronic means and press a Tá (for Yes) or Nil (for No) with the appropriate green or red(...)

Timmy Dooley, a Fianna Fáil TD for Clare, said he had left  the Dáil chamber to take a phone call. File photograph. James Forde/The Irish Times

A senior Fianna Fáil frontbencher has apologised after admitting a colleague voted for him on a number of occasions while he was not in the Dáil. Tim(...)

Applications for Irish passports have been steadily increasing since 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson

The number of applications for Irish passports from Britain and Northern Ireland in the first eight months of the year has already exceeded the total (...)

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