Min­is­ter de­fends at­ten­dance record

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MIN­IS­TER for Europe Dick Roche has said that he was ex­cused from vot­ing at the Dáil in a re­sponse to fig­ures on Mon­day show­ing that he had the low­est vot­ing at­ten­dance out of the Wick­low TDs.

Re­cent fig­ures show that Min­is­ter Roche missed at least 3 in 10 votes in the Dáil over the past year. He missed 32 per cent of the votes on Bills, Pri­vate Mem­bers Busi­ness, Or­der of Busi­ness, Sus­pen­sions, Mo­tions, Es­ti­mates and Gov­ern­ment For­ma­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­is­ter’s Pri­vate Sec­re­tary Cllr David Grant the TD was not ab­sent from any of the votes but was ex­cused.

‘Around the time of the Lis­bon Treaty Min­is­ter Roche was very busy and had a lot of com­mit­ments to main­tain so he may have missed some votes,’ said Cllr Grant.

He went on to say that Min­is­ter Roche would have made ar­range­ments with the Gov­ern­ment in con­junc­tion with the op­po­si­tion if he was to miss a vote.

Deputy Joe Be­han had the high­est at­ten­dance from the Wick­low TDs as he at­tended 93 per cent of the votes with Deputy Liz McManus be­ing present for 83 per cent of the votes in the Dáil.

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