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Wallace not welcome in Dail group

Tax-evading TD Mick Wallace has been left further isolated by former political allies over his admissions that he threatened to hire a hitman.

Left-wing TDs in the Technical Group made it clear to the Wexford Independent that he is not welcome in their ranks because of his exploits to recover a IR£20,000 debt.

Group leader Thomas Pringle said Mr Wallace's comments on national radio at the weekend incensed members.

"That kind of behaviour is absolutely ridiculous and a lot of our members were not happy at all about it," said Mr Pringle.

The group agreed in its weekly meeting that sharing Dail speaking time with Mr Wallace would cause huge problems, said the Donegal TD.

Individual members are still welcome to share their speaking time with the failed property developer if they wish, he said.

Mr Wallace left the Technical Group in June amid controversy surrounding a VAT bill.

Mr Pringle confirmed that the Wexford TD considered asking to rejoin the Technical Group last week but he is understood to have decided against it.

Mr Wallace admitted earlier this year that he under-declared VAT returns as a building company ran into severe debt and that came to a 2.1 million euro settlement with Revenue Commissioners.

The shamed TD narrowly avoided a decision from party whips to pursue a motion of censure.

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