Dara Calleary and deputy Seanad leader Jerry Buttimer attended despite new rules

Irish politics has been plunged into crisis after a parliamentary golf club dinner held in violation of the country’s coronavirus social distancing rules forced the resignation of a minister and a senator.

As the Irish police announced an investigation into what has inevitably been labelled “Golf Gate”, the agriculture minister, Dara Calleary, and Jerry Buttimer, the deputy chairperson of the Irish upper house, the Seanad, announced their resignations on Friday.

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