An Irish politician has sensationally resigned after he was caught sending spanking messages to a 17-year-old schoolgirl on Facebook from inside parliament.
Independent Dublin deputy Patrick Nulty, a former Labor Party representative, was forced to stand down after he was exposed by the Sunday World newspaper.
The deputy won the Dublin West seat left vacant after the death of former finance Minister Brian Lenihan in 2011.
Nulty first claimed to the paper that he was innocent of the charges and that his phone had been ‘hacked’.
He then admitted to sending the ‘disturbing message’ according to the paper.
And he has also been framed for sending a string of other in appropriate messages to shocked female constituents who came to him for help.
The Sunday World reports that the allegations against the 31-year-old deputy include a woman being asked to send underwear in the post and another being urged to wear a skirt when visiting his constituency clinic.
The Sunday World confronted Nulty with ‘geo-tagging’ data that showed the messages were sent from inside Leinster House, Nulty later admitted it was him.
He then issued a statement to the Sunday World confirming he will quit the house.
In his statement, Nulty, 31, said: “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. 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.”