Saturday 17 August 2019

Party whips to discuss Wallace

THE POLITICAL future of Wexford TD Mick Wallace hangs in the balance this week as party whips are expected to discuss his failure to comply with a Dail Committee's investigation into the builder's tax affairs.

Paul Kehoe, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State, said that he has not yet discussed the issue with other party colleagues, but he expected that the issue would be addressed at today's ( Wednesday) weekly meeting of party chief whips.

Party whips may pass a motion of censure in the coming weeks, which is a formal signal of their discontentment with the TD's misconduct.

This comes after Deputy Wallace refused to answer five of the seven questions put to him by an ethics watchdog last week.

The Members' Interests Committee questioned the Wexford man on his company's €2.1 Million VAT bill with a view to establishing the precise period during which he under-declared tax for his construction business.

The committee, which is chaired by Donegal TD, Thomas Pringle, was unable to determine whether or not Deputy Wallace had engaged in tax evasion during his tenure as TD for Wexford. Mr Wallace, it is reported, claimed that he refused to comply with the the committee's investigation because it was acting outside its remit in its pursuit of the issue.Deputy Wallace cannot be forced to resign from his post because of the Dáil Committee's inability to establish a definitive timeline for Mr Wallace's tax affairs.

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