Mayo Fianna Fail deputy Lisa Chambers says she holds her hands up and is sorry that she “mistakenly” voted last week in the Dail for Dara Calleary who was not in the chamber at the time.

She told Midwest News today that it was “Thursday” and she was “tired” and “accidently voted” while sitting in Dara’s seat in the chamber. On realizing that her vote had not registered on the Dail screen, she quickly moved across to her own seat and voted again.

She admits she knew she voted twice, but said she did not inform the teller because the vote was lost by such a large matter, she felt it made no difference.

Her voting at Dara Calleary’s desk did not emerge until after her front bench colleagues Tommy Dooley and Niall Collins were asked by Micheal Martin yesterday to stand down from the frontbench pending a Ceann Comhairle investigation into Dail voting.

Deputy Collins voted six times on behalf of deputy Timmy Dooley in the Dail on Thursday.

Outlining to Midwest News this morning how the mistake happened, deputy Chambers, the party’s spokesperson on Brexit, said she’s confident that she will not be asked to step down from the front bench during the Ceann Comhairle’s investigation.

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