If the Dail was like any other workplace it would sit from 9-5 Monday to Friday…

So here’s interesting one. It seems that Sinn Fein’s campaign against selling alcohol in the national parliament has been passed on to the new generation of TDs. Louise O’Reilly yesterday questioned the necessity of having two bars in the Houses of the Oireachtas: “I find it incredible that my new workplace has not one but two bars. Aside from providing employment, albeit with somewhat erratic hours, I cannot see any reason for the existence of bars in this or any other …

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In praise of… the Dáil bar (and parliamentary bars everywhere)

So last week the Dublin press (or some of them) were baying for blood over the Dail Bar bill on the night of the abortion legislation had deputies and Senators at their legislative work till 5 in the morning (are you still reading Stormont?). What set them off was the lap-gate ‘scandal’, which involved a very drunk Fine Gael TD Tom Barry hauling party colleague Aine Collins onto his lap at 2.40am. However the rise in takings at the bar …

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