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Senator Daly has long been an advocate of repairing the Democratic Deficit Locally, Nationally and Internationally.

With a view to restoring the on-going lack of Democracy on a national level he is advocating that the Senate adopt new roles including a review of all proposed EU Legislation and scrutiny of Statutory Instruments prior to them being signed into law .

Kenny rejects McNulty Seanad seat claim

The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has dismissed Fianna Fáil claims that he promised businessman John McNulty the Seanad byelection seat during a meeting at Lissadell House in Co Sligo four months ago.

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly raised the ongoing controversy in the Seanad during a debate on the arts and culture.

Mr Daly said: “On the 20th June this year, the Taoiseach visited Sligo for the opening of Lissadell House. And during that visit I believe Mr McNulty met him with a delegation and that the issue of the Seanad byelection was discussed.

He asked for confirmation of the meeting and if Mr McNulty “was assured, despite the many torturous interviews that were held and the many people that were lobbying for the job and if at that particular meeting on the 20 June in Sligo, that the Taoiseach promised Mr McNulty this Seanad byelection seat for him”.

But dismissing the claim a spokesman for the Taoiseach said Mr Kenny attended Lissadell House on June 20th, “where he met and shook hands with many of the hundreds of guests in attendance”.

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Senator stands by claim that Taoiseach spoke to McNulty at Sligo event

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A Fianna Fáil senator is today standing by his claims that Enda Kenny spoke to John McNulty about the Seanad by-election – three months before Mr McNulty got his role at IMMA.

Mark Daly repeated his claims in the Seanad today, having originally made them in the chamber last night.

The allegations have been denied by both Enda Kenny’s spokesman and sources close to John McNulty himself.

However, Senator Daly today repeated his claims, suggesting the two discussed the Seanad vacancy when they attended the same event in Sligo in June.

“The Taoiseach was there,” he said. “My information is that they met.

“I’d ask the leader maybe to clarify whether or not the phrase ‘the job’s as good as yours’ was used?

“But to make such a journey, and to claim that he never met him, is quite extraordinary.”

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FG leader denies giving Seanad nod to McNulty four months ago

Irish Independent

The result of the Seanad by-election will be known tomorrow, but the Taoiseach continues to come under pressure over the nomination of Mr McNulty and his appointment to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Fianna Fail Senator Mark Daly claimed in the Seanad that Mr Kenny met Mr McNulty at an engagement in Sligo on June 20, during which the vacant Seanad seat was discussed.

Mr Daly said the Taoiseach may have “promised” the Fine Gael candidacy to Mr McNulty at the opening of Lissadell House.

“During that visit I believe Mr McNulty met him with a delegation and that the issue of the Seanad by-election was discussed,” he said.

But the Taoiseach’s spokesman said the candidacy was not discussed with Mr McNulty until September.

The spokesman confirmed Mr Kenny was at Lissadell on the date in question, adding that he met “hundreds of guests in attendance”.

“The Taoiseach attended Lissadell House on June 20 this year, where he met and shook hands with many of the hundreds of guests in attendance. The first and only time the Taoiseach discussed Mr McNulty’s potential Seanad candidacy with him was in early September,” he said.

Meanwhile, Independent candidate Gerard Craughwell has become the new bookies’ favourite to win the Seanad by-election.

Persistent bets on Mr Craughwell yesterday forced leading bookmakers Paddy Power to slash his odds from 13-8 to 4-6, with early favourite Mr McNulty pushed out from 4-9 to 11-10. At one stage, Mr McNulty was a firm 1-5 bet to take the Seanad seat.

The outcome of the by-election still hangs in the balance.

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Senator claims Kenny and McNulty met in June

RTE News

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has claimed that the Taoiseach personally met controversial Seanad by-election candidate John McNulty in Sligo on 20 June.

Senator Daly told the Seanad that Enda Kenny was in Sligo for the opening of Lisadell House and “during that visit I believe that Mr McNulty met him with a delegation and the issue of the Seanad by-election was discussed”.

The Senator asked Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys if she “could confirm if that meeting took place and if the issue of the by-election was discussed”

He also asked if the minister could confirm “if Mr McNulty was assured, despite the many torturous interviews that were held and the many people that were lobbying for the job, and if at that particular meeting on the 20th of June in Sligo that the Taoiseach promised Mr McNulty the Seanad by-election seat for him”.

The Senator added that if that information is not to hand with the minister at this moment in time “that she may able to find that out, which would of course be a concern to all of us if that meeting did take place”.

In response to Senator Daly’s claims, a government spokesperson said: “The Taoiseach attended Lissadell House on the 20th of June this year where he met and shook hands with many of the hundreds of guests in attendance.

“The first and only time the Taoiseach discussed Mr McNulty’s potential Seanad candidacy with him was in early September.”

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Taoiseach rejects claims he discussed McNulty candidacy with him in June

Indepentdent.ie

Fianna Fáil politician Mark Daly told the Seanad this evening that he believed Mr Kenny met Mr McNulty at an engagement in Sligo during which the vacant seat was discussed.

The Kerry senator suggested the Taoiseach may have “promised” the Fine Gael candidacy to Mr McNulty during the engagement at Lissadell House.

“On the 20th June this year, the Taoiseach visited Sligo for the opening of Lissadell House. And during that visit I believe Mr McNulty met him with a delegation and that the issue of the Seanad by-election was discussed,” Mr Daly said.

“Maybe the minister could confirm if that meeting took place and if in fact the issue of the by-election was discussed and if Mr McNulty was assured, despite the many torturous interviews that were held and the many people that were lobbying for the job and if at that particular meeting on the 20 June in Sligo, that the Taoiseach promised Mr McNulty this Seanad by-election seat for him,” he added.

But in a statement this evening, a spokesman for the Taoiseach said the candidacy was not discussed with Mr McNulty until September.

The spokesman confirmed that Mr Kenny was at Lissadell on the date in question, adding that he met “hundreds of guests in attendance”.

“The Taoiseach attended Lissadell House on the 20th of June this year where he met and shook hands with many of the hundreds of guests in attendance. The first and only time the Taoiseach discussed Mr McNulty’s potential Seanad candidacy with him was in early September.”

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