The Irish Independent reported (below) that several signatures pertaining to the letter to be sent to the Seanad Cathaoirleach were sent in via email or electronically – in fact, all 20 signatures, as submitted, were signed by Senators in person.
Plans for recall of Seanad hit a snag
Fionnan Sheahan, Political Editor– 08 August 2013
THE farce over recalling the Seanad from its summer holidays grew last night as it emerged some of the “signatures” needed for the recall were just emails.
Mr Daly wants the Seanad to come back to discuss an organ donation law.
But Fine Gael says the move is just a “stunt” by Mr Daly, which will cost taxpayers money and achieve nothing.
The Seanad won’t actually be able to vote and there are doubts over how many senators would actually turn up.
And last night, the Irish Independent learned that two of Mr Daly’s “signatures” were just emails from senators who were out of the country.
Two days after claiming he had the signatures, Mr Daly has bizarrely yet to submit his letter.
However, he says he has 21 names, one of which is an email and cannot be counted, and he is going to put in the letter today with 20 physical signatures.
The Seanad clerk’s office in Leinster House is going to contact the senator today to tell him to go back and get physical signatures, as emails are not acceptable.
Seanad chairman, Fine Gael senator Paddy Burke, is believed to be committed to recalling the Seanad as fast as possible once Mr Daly gets the proper paperwork.
But there are doubts over whether the 20 senators will be present.
Outspoken GAA pundit Joe Brolly has criticised Mr Daly, saying he can’t understand Mr Daly’s approach to the issue.
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