Heather Humphreys says its “understandable” to vote on behalf of colleagues who are in the Dail chamber.
The Business Minister said a TD could be present, but not be able to get to their seat in time to cast their vote.
Two separate investigations are underway after it emerged Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins voted six times for his party colleague Timmy Dooley when he wasn’t in the chamber.
The party’s Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers has also admitted voting ‘in error’ on behalf of the deputy leader Dara Calleary last week.
Speaking to Northern Sound News, Minister Heather Humphreys agreed with comments from the Justice Minster that there are circumstances where colleagues vote for one another: