Irish Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary resigned Friday after the controversy was sparked by his attendance at an event on Wednesday that was attended by around 80 other people, including EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan.
The event in question took place in Clifden town just a day after the government announced new restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit 27,676 cases in Ireland. On Thursday, the government reported 136 additional infections.
The new measures put restrictions on social events so that no type of party can be organized in restaurants. According to The Irish Examiner, 81 people attended the dinner, which Calleary attended, spread over two different rooms.
“I would like to apologize to the population, of whom we asked a lot at this difficult moment. I would also like to apologize to my government colleagues and offer my condolences,” Calleary said on his Twitter account on Thursday, one step before the completion Resignation Friday according to the RTE network.
Calleary is giving up a post he reached in July after his predecessor Barry Cowen was fired over controversy based on a longstanding conviction for driving under the influence.