Some of the civil servants who attended Iveagh House’s champagne party were not working at the time of the celebration, it appears.
The cling took place during a national lockdown in June 2020.
The revelation “blowns a hole” in the official explanation that it was an “improvisation” the event happened Over the course of a day at the State Department, People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy spoke.
He said: “How can it be improvised if people are at their workplace when they are not at work that day?
“It underscored the fact that this was a social gathering – an event that was clearly opposed to the restrictions at the time. Thousands of people have been fined for attending or organizing social gatherings, but the Government seems to think these rules should not apply to ministers or senior civil servants.
The DFA declined to comment this week when asked to confirm that certain individuals featured in a photo of the party was inactive at the time of the controversial event, citing an internal investigation.
However, a DFA source said some attendees were not working in the department on the day of the gathering, which took place at Iveagh House after 9pm on June 17, 2020.
At the time, people were asked to stay away from offices and work from home if possible, and social gatherings of more than seven people were banned as part of a strict lockdown designed to limit the rise of Covid-19 infections.
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The government has also announced a process for returning to work safely and has also recommended separating employees into groups or groups for the purposes of infection prevention and control.
However, personnel from departmental subdivisions such as Global Ireland and Corporate Services could be seen with members of the United Nations division in a snap, led by Niall Burgess, secretary general of the DFA at the time. That point, undertake.
In this week’s Dail, Mr. Murphy asked Taoiseach Michael Martin if he expected people to believe that the civil servants were “all back to work” after the party.
Mr Martin said: “The people involved have said what they did was wrong, and it was wrong. It shouldn’t have happened.”
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