Forgetful Ming forgot to clock in 14 times

Independent TD for Roscommon South Leitrim Luke Ming Flanagan forgot to clock into Leinster House 14 times last year.

Independent TD for Roscommon South Leitrim Luke Ming Flanagan forgot to clock into Leinster House 14 times last year.

Branded by the national media as ‘Forgetful Ming Flanagan,’ the local TD forgot to swipe his electronic key fob in machines in Leinster House 14 times last year, putting him top of the pile for loose minded deputies.

Mr Flanagan had been present in Leinster House on days that he failed to clock in, with Dail voting records showing that he voted against the suspension of fellow TDs, the social welfare bill and against the Oireachtas Inquiries bill on different dates last year.

Under the current expenses system, TDs are required to clock in at least 120 days per year to claim their full travel and accommodation expenses worth up to w37,850.

If they forget to “clock in”, they have to provide proof they were present such as a record of their vote in the Dail that day, their attendance at a committee or a room booking for visitors. In exceptional circumstances, they can get the chief whip of their party to declare that he/she spotted them in Leinster House that day.

Deputy Flanagan told national papers last week that work takes priority over clocking in, he got the records corrected to reflect his true attendance.TDs are also allowed to record themselves present if they are traveling abroad on official business.