‘Snapshot’ shows Donegal TDs 100% Dail attendance

The attendance records of TDs in the Dáil for the first two weeks of a new clocking-in system show that the all of Donegal's elected Dail members had a full attendance

The figures are being described as only a “snapshot” of the new operation and included one “attendance reconciliation day” to deputies into the new regulations.

The electronic clocking-in system is linked to expenses and Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State are excluded as their expenses are paid by their own departments and not the Houses of the Oireachtas.

The latest figures cover from 25th of February to the 31st of March and show the Dáil was in session for 8 days the vast majority of TDs attended on those dates, including all of  Donegal's Deputies.

In Donegal North East, Fianna Fail's Charlie McConalogue was logged most days in the Dail, he was present for all 8 days the Dail sat and and extra 6 days it didn't.

Sinn Fein's Padraig MacLochlainn was present for all days the Dail sat, and an extra 2 days it didn't, while Fine Gael's Joe McHugh didn't miss a day and clocked three extra on the system.

In South West, Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty recorded a full attendance plus 7 extra days, Independent Thomas Pringle was clocked in 11 times, 3 in addition to the days the Dail sat.

Fine Gael's Dinny McGinley was recorded as not present for all 8 days the Dail sat in the period covered - he is exempt from clocking in as he is a Junior Minister, he has however stated that he has not missed a single day the Dail sat and clocked in an additional  three times when it was not sitting.