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Fianna Fail MEP attended Taoiseach’s election day when he should have isolated

Billy Kelleher apologised unreservedly.

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Fianna Fail MEP Billy Kelleher attended the election of new Taoiseach Micheal Martin the day after arriving in Ireland from Brussels (Department of Enterprise/PA).

Fianna Fail MEP Billy Kelleher attended the election of new Taoiseach Micheal Martin the day after arriving in Ireland from Brussels (Department of Enterprise/PA).

Fianna Fail MEP Billy Kelleher attended the election of new Taoiseach Micheal Martin the day after arriving in Ireland from Brussels (Department of Enterprise/PA).

A Fianna Fail MEP attended the election of new Taoiseach Micheal Martin the day after arriving in Ireland from Brussels.

Bill Kelleher apologised unreservedly after failing to self-isolate.

He said the health risk from the virus could not have been eliminated fully and he should have remained at home.

Anyone arriving in Ireland from abroad is asked to self-isolate for 14 days, the HSE said.

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Billy Kelleher attended the election of Micheal Martin in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Billy Kelleher attended the election of Micheal Martin in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

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Billy Kelleher attended the election of Micheal Martin in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Mr Kelleher said: “Last Saturday, I attended the election of the new Taoiseach in Dublin having arrived into Ireland from Brussels the day before.

“As I previously stated, I avail of Covid 19 testing services before in advance of departing Brussels in order to reduce any potential public health risk.

“However, despite this, I accept that the risk could not have been eliminated fully and I should have followed HSE advice and remained at home.

“This was an error of judgment on my part and I apologise unreservedly.”

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