The event organised by the Oireachtas Golf Society should not have happened.
I understand how extremely difficult the restrictions have been for people and the enormous sacrifices we have all made.
Funerals, christenings, weddings, family holidays and other really important family occasions have been foregone to protect each other and the most vulnerable. As representatives we should lead by example.
In recognition of the seriousness of this matter, I have removed the party whip from Senators Jerry Buttimer, Paddy Burke and John Cummins. Senator Jerry Buttimer has also resigned his position as Leas-Chathaoirleach of the Seanad.
All have apologised profusely and accept they made a serious error of judgment.