An inquiry into voting irregularities in the Dáil recommends no disciplinary action against Fianna Fail TDs, but has recommended an overhaul of the Dáil voting system.

The Dáil clerk's report says Fianna Fail's Niall Collins was of the belief that his colleague Timmy Dooley would return to the chamber when voting on his behalf.

The report says the Dail's Committee on procedure should have powers to sanction TDs - including suspension - when an irregularity arises, and it also recommends changes to the voting rules - voting won't be able to start until all TDs are in their seats, and the practice of asking someone else to press the button for them will end.

The Dáil will debate the report this afternoon and TDS who are the subject of the report - including Mayo's Lisa Chambers-  will have an opportunity to make a statement.

This is one of several investigations underway following voting irregularies in the Dail last week.

The Fianna Fail deputy leader, Mayo TD Dara Calleary says it's important that the integrity of the voting system in the Dail is respected, and any changes recommended should be introduced quickly.


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