Meath West, Fine Gael, TD and Minister of State for Employment Affairs and Retail Businesses, Damian English, has said Dara Calleary was correct to resign as Minister for Agriculture following his apparent breach of Covid 19 guidelines at an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner last Wednesday.
Speaking to Ken Murray on LMFM’s Michael Reade show, English said, ‘Dara made the right decision he did the right thing, he should have made the personal decision not to attend the dinner so ultimately he made the correct call in resigning.’
Asked by Murray if it was a case of ‘one law for us and one law for them’, English was emphatic that it shouldn’t be.
‘There’s one law for everyone, one set of guidelines for everyone and whether you are a politician or you are not a politician they should be adhered to.
‘There’s one set of rules for everybody I think Dara Calleary’s resignation clearly shows that.’
Pressed on whether his party colleague and EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan, who also attended the function should resign, the Bohermeen man was less dogmatic.
‘In any event it is up to people to make their own call on that but they should have heeded the guidelines, some of them will argue that they did, but the spirit of this is all wrong.’