Mayo Fine Gael senator apologises for attending Clifden golf event

Mayo Fine Gael Senator Paddy Burke has apologised for attending the controversial Oireachtas golf event in Clifden on Wednesday night.

He stated: "I attended a function on Wednesday night. The function had been moved from the golf clubhouse to comply with public health guidelines.

"I now realise this was an error of judgement on my behalf and I apologise for that."

Fine Gael leader Deputy Leo Varadkar has removed the party whip from Senator Burke.

The Oireachtas Golf Society dinner was held just over 24 hours after the government had agreed to implement stringent Covid-19 restrictions which banned any indoor gathering of more than six people.

Ireland's EU Commissioner Phil Hogan was also among over 80 people who attended.

Mayo TD Dara Calleary has resigned as Minister for Agriculture for his attendance at the event.

Fine Gael senator Jerry Buttimer has resigned his position as Seanad Leas Cathaoirleach.