COVID-19: Irish Senator Jerry Buttimer Resigns Following Backlash For Attending A Dinner Which Violates Guidelines

A Fine Gael Senator, Jerry Buttimer has resigned his role as Leas Cathaoirleach of the Seanad as a result of the backlash following the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Galway.

Jerry Buttimer becomes the second politician to resign a senior role in the wake of the event, after Dara Calleary resigned as Agriculture Minister this morning. 

Buttimer is of the 80 attendees at the event in a hotel in Clifden on Wednesday night.

Attendees were strongly criticised given the public health guidelines against large abd informal gatherings to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

In his statement, Buttimer said;

“It was an honour to be elected Leas-Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann but my attendance at a dinner event in Galway this week has compromised the government at a time when people, across every sector of Irish society, are doing their best to keep all safe during this global pandemic. 

“It was unintended but serious lapse of judgement in attending the event. I should not have attended the dinner and I hereby tender my resignation as Leas Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann to the Cathaoirleach of the 26th Seanad. I apologise unreservedly for my actions this week.

“For the last six months, this country has come and worked together, to defeat Covid-19. It is an ongoing battle and our collective societal response is important and our individual actions matter. I wish everyone success in this fight.”

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