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'Dail quotes' in TD's newsletter don't exist

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8:32 PM - 28 Jan 2016



It's emerged that some Dáil 'quotes' appearing on a TD's constituency newsletter were never actually said.

Independent TD Eamonn Maloney’s newsletter contains four quotes from Dáil debates - only two of which actually appear on the records of the house. 

The 4-page newsletter has recently been delivered to homes in Dublin South-West, where Maloney was elected as a Labour TD five years ago, but where he is seeking re-election as an independent.

The back page of the four containing a ‘Dáil report’, with four issues he says he has highlighted in the chamber.

Each of those contains a quote in inverted commas, presented as if they were Deputy Maloney’s contributions to those Dáil debates.

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But an examination by Today FM has shown that of the four quotes, only two were actually said in the house.

One is an combination of quotes from February 2014 and February 2015; the second is from a debate in November 2013. The other two, however, do not appear on the Dáil record.

When Today FM inquired with Deputy Maloney's office about the other two quotes, a representative insisted - twice - that the comments presented the newsletter WERE spoken in the chamber.

The official also supplied Today FM with dates on which the other two comments had been delivered in the Dáil.

However, when the Dáil records were checked, they showed that not only had Maloney not delivered those comments on those dates, he had not in fact spoken in the house at all on either date.



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