Wednesday 28 January 2015

12,000 pints of cheap lager and stout sold at Dail bar

Gordon Deegan

Published 13/03/2014 | 02:30

The Dail, inset, the 'lapgate' incident last summer during the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill debate. Inset the Dail bar clocked up almost €7,000 in sales that night
Aine Collins
Tom Barry, Fine Gael deputy for Cork East at Leinster House. Picture: Tom Burke

Almost 12,000 pints of cut- price Guinness and Heineken were sunk at the Dail bar last year.

There were 90 kegs of the black stuff and 41 kegs of the Dutch lager ordered during the course of the year, although this was a slight drop on 2012.

The new figures also confirm that the Dail bar's busiest night of the year last year coincided with the all-night sitting for the Government's Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

The Dail did not break until 5am and the beer taps at the Dail bar continued to pour throughout the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill debate, as the bar clocked up almost €7,000 in sales.

Previous figures have shown how nearly €4,000 of this was spent on alcoholic drinks alone, including pints of stout, lager and ale, as well as small bottles of wine and spirits.


The bar's busiest night also coincided with the infamous 'lapgate' incident in the Dail chamber involving Fine Gael TD Tom Barry and party colleague Aine Collins.

The latest figures obtained under Freedom of Information show that 90 kegs of Guinness were ordered by the Dail bar last year compared to 98 kegs in 2012.

There was also a slight drop in Heineken sales, with 41 kegs ordered compared to 44 in 2012.

There are around 90 pints in a keg – suggesting the sale of around 8,100 pints of Guinness in 2013, with around 3,690 pints of Heineken sold.

Pints of beer are sold for about 70 cent less than nearby city centre pubs, with most recent figures showing Guinness at €4.30.

The FOI figures show that the second busiest night in 2013 was 'Prom Night' on February 6 that related to the passing of legislation concerning the liquidation of the former Anglo Irish Bank. The Dail debate on that legislation did not conclude until 2.55am.

Annual accounts for the Dail bar for 2013 are not yet available. However, figures for 2012 show that the business's profits increased by 5pc from €138,600 to €145,623.

Irish Independent

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