Abstentions mean automatic removal of Labour Whip from Tommy Broughan TD
29 June 2010
The Labour Party Chief Whip, Deputy Emmet Stagg, has written to Deputy Tommy Broughan informing you that his decision to absent himself from two votes in the Dail on the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010 at Second Stage and at Final Stage automatically leads to the removal of the Labour Party Whip from him.
In his letter Deputy Stagg said:
"I wish also to put on record that you did not inform me of your intentions and that I made contact with you between the two votes referred to and instructed you to attend for the vote at 7.00pm. You failed to do so.
"You will be aware of the consequences of the removal of the Whip from you".
"You will recall that when you abstained on the Criminal Justice Bill last year, the Party Leader made it clear to you that any repetition would result in the automatic removal of the Whip from you".