January 31st, 2015

Independent TD Patrick Nulty issues statement on resignation ahead of Sunday World revelations

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Patrick Nulty has stepped down.
Patrick Nulty has stepped down.

Independent TD Patrick Nulty has issued a statement regarding his resignation over a drunken message to a 17-year-old ahead of revelations in Sunday World.

The Dublin West TD stepped down hours before our story saying he sent explicit messages to a 17-year-old woman.

Here’s his resignation statement in full:

I am today resigning as TD for Dublin West and will take all the steps necessary to do that immediately this week.

I sent inappropriate messages via facebook. This included inadvertently sending one to a 17 year old woman. To the best of my knowledge I have never met this woman and the message was sent while under the influence of alcohol.

I apologise wholeheartedly to the woman involved and to her family. It was never my intention to upset anyone in this way but it was totally wrong

The message was entirely inappropriate and I take full responsibility for my actions. For this reason I have decided to resign my seat in the Dail. I set myself the highest standards personally and politically. Unfortunately due to personal mistakes I have not met those standards in this matter and I will take responsibility for that. I still believe passionately that Ireland can be a fairer and more just society based on equality and social justice but at the present time I believe to resign is the correct and right course of action.

I would like to extend my deepest thanks and gratitude to all my family, friends and supporters who have given me so much support over the last five years as a public representative. In politics people very often do not take responsibility for their actions. I hope I am doing that. I would further like to apologise to my constituents in Dublin West for my mistake. I hope they will understand my reasons for resigning and accept my apology.

I hope that as I have taken decisive and direct action on this matter my privacy will now be respected in what has been a very difficult decision for me personally.