Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley must urgently explain how he was recorded as voting six times in the Dáil this week when he wasn’t present in the Chamber, according to a Fine Gael TD.

Deputy Noel Rock has called on Deputy Dooley and his Party to explain how the anomaly could have occurred.

Deputy Rock said: “One of the most important jobs of a TD is voting on legislation in the Dáil. It is a responsibility and a privilege we bear as elected public representatives.

“It is extremely concerning to read in the Irish Independent today that Deputy Timmy Dooley was recorded as voting six times on Thursday of this week, when he was not present in the Dáil chamber.

“Voting in the Dáil is very straightforward, as we are all assigned a seat from which we vote. The notion that any TD could be recorded as voting while absent from the chamber is very worrying.

“It is important that Deputy Dooley and Fianna Fáil issue a statement outlining all facts on how this could have occurred.”