Mayo TD Lisa Chambers has questioned why she is being singled out in the latest voting controversy.

New Dáil footage has emerged showing Fianna Fáil Deputy sitting in Deputy Dooley's seat while votes are being cast.

The Sunday Independent reports that seven votes were recorded while she was sitting in her party colleague Timmy Dooley's chair almost 50 minutes of Dail votes on January 17th last.

Deputy Dooley said he was in the chamber at the time with Dáil records also showing he was present in Leinster House.

In the footage, Mr Dooley is not seen in or near his seat while votes are recorded for both TDs in their respective seats on rural crime, nursing and cycling issues.

The clips show Fianna Fail's health spokesperson Stephen Donnelly is seated in Ms Chambers's seat during the voting.

In a statement to Midwest News the Mayo TD said that Deputy Dooley confirmed he was in the chamber when the votes were cast and that it has nothing to do with her.

She says that her colleague Mr Dooley’s situation is no different to the five government ministers and other TD's who have had votes recorded for them while they were elsewhere in the chamber.

She questioned why she was being singled out on January 17th when other TDs can be seen in different seats.

Deputy Chambers claims that Fine Gael are using the voting story to take the focus from resigned Cork TD Dara Murphy who claimed a full Dail salary and expenses while working in Europe.

 

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