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Inquiry into Lord Kilclooney's 'typical Indian' tweet about Leo Varadkar

Lord Kiclooney could face disciplinary proceedings over a controversial tweet about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The peer, who is also a former deputy leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, caused outrage when he sent a tweet responding to DUP claims that Mr Varadkar's visit to Northern Ireland had not followed protocol saying: "Typical Indian."

He was immediately lambasted for the remark, which was branded as "racist". He later withdrew it and said the tweet had been "a mistake" but denied it was racist and refused to apologise.

Mr Varadkar, speaking shortly after the tweet was sent, said he initially thought it had come from a "parody account."

Sinn Fein senator Niall Ó Donnghaile asked the speaker of the Seanad to contact the speaker of the House of Lords to ask him to take "appropriate action" regarding the tweet

A spokeswoman for the UK parliament confirmed to the Irish News it had received several complaints and that Commissioner for Standards, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, had launched an inquiry.

"The Commissioner is conducting a preliminary assessment into complaints received regarding Lord Kilclooney's tweets," she said.

The BBC has reported that five complaints have been received by the commissioner's office.

If Lord Kilclooney is found to have breached the code of conduct, the report will be presented to a sub-committee, which will recommend a course of action.

Peers can be expelled if they are judged to have breach the code of conduct.

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