Minister defends attendance record
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.