An Irish politician has left his colleagues shocked after joining a group Zoom call while driving his car.
Fianna Fáil TD James O’Connor, 23, from Cork, participated in the weekly get-together, which involved more than 30 other PP (Parliamentary Party) members, TDs, Senators and MEPs, on Wednesday September 30.
His dangerous actions have been captured in a video which shows him driving while using a device to connect to the meeting and has sparked outrage.
Another TD who was on the same call told ‘I couldn’t believe it when I saw him. At first I thought someone had put in a video of James Corden in his Carpool Karaoke sketches.’
Fianna Fáil TD James O’Connor, 23, from Cork, left his colleagues shocked after joining a group Zoom call while driving his car last month
The colleague added that they thought it was ‘a joke’ but said it was in fact ‘a very serious matter.’
The TD was driving while taking part in his party’s weekly Parliamentary Part meeting, which was being conducted via Zoom.
In a video taken by a colleague on the call, 수원가라오케 James could be seen behind the wheel of his car while in a gallery of TDs, Senators and MEPs taking part in the PP meeting.
During the short clip, he could be seen glancing occasionally at the camera while driving, as well as removing a hand from the wheel and wiping his nose.
The 23-year-old, who is the youngest TD in the Dáil, has now admitted his possible misdemeanor (pictured, voting last year)
Gardai consider Zooming at the wheel to be a possible offence under road traffic legislation.
An Garda Síochána confirmed to the Irish Mirror that video conferencing could be considered several offences, including ‘dangerous driving, careless driving or driving without due care and 수원인계동셔츠룸 attention’.
These are punishable on a number of grounds, with penalties as severe as loss of licence.
James, who is the youngest TD in the Dáil, has now admitted his possible misdemeanor.
A colleague on the video call said he initially thought James’ car background was ‘a joke’ and compared it to a Carpool Karaoke sketch
A Fianna Fàil spokesperson told The Mirror: ‘Deputy O’Connor attended the Fianna Fàil PP meeting for a brief period via a hands free kit in his car while driving from Mount Street to Leinster House for approximately three minutes.
‘Deputy O’Connor made one contribution during the call to the PP meeting once he reached his Leinster House office.’
It comes weeks after a senior experienced councillor who joined a virtual council meeting while driving a lorry was blasted for putting himself and other road users in a ‘dangerous situation’.
Councillor David Brown – who held the tourism, arts and 수원가라오케 culture brief on Boston Borough Council – appeared at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, September 9 from the cab of his moving vehicle.