Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara has voted against the Government on his Bill to give An Garda Siochana and the Defence Forces the right to carry out negotiations on pay and conditions.
The East Clare TD introduced legislation in the Dáil last week to allow Gardaí and the Defence Forces to engage in collective bargaining, as well as join national trade union umbrella organisations.
The Government subsequently rejected the legislation with Deputy McNamara’s Labout and Fine Gael colleagues saying they would vote against the Industrial Relations (Members of An Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces) Bill.
McNamara could now lose the party whip over his vote in the Dáil today.
Speaking on Newstalk’s Lunchtime Show this afternoon, Deputy McNamara said “I didn’t quit, I voted for my own Bill”.
Labour TD, Emmet Stagg downplayed the potential of his colleague losing the Party Whip. He said the Clare TD was voting against the Government in favour of his own bill which was, what he described, “a unique situation”.