Apologies and anger during fall out from Irish golf society dinner

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Here is what some key players in Irish public life have said about the parliamentary golf society dinner.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin:

“It was a monumental error of judgment on behalf of all those who attended.”

Former agriculture minister Dara Calleary:

“We are asking quite a lot from everyone at this difficult time.

“I also offer this apology and my sincere regret to my government colleagues.”

Senator Jerry Buttimer:

“My attendance at a dinner event in Galway this week has compromised the Government at a time when people, across every sector of Irish society, are doing their best to keep all safe during this global pandemic.”

Senior judge Seamus Woulfe:

“I would never disregard governmental or health authorities’ advice regarding public health, and have been at pains to follow rules and guidelines since their introduction in March.

“That I ended up in a situation where breaches may have occurred is of great regret to me, and for which I am sorry.

“I unreservedly apologise.”

Fine Gael leader and deputy head of Government Leo Varadkar:

“As representatives we should lead by example.”

Acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn:

“There’s a very justifiable and understandable anger in Ireland today.”

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