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Picture of Fingleton hanging in Dail bar sparks row

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

Published 07/04/2011 | 05:00

A PICTURE hanging in the Dail bar of an Oireachtas golf team sitting with former Irish Nationwide chief executive Michael Fingleton is causing controversy, with one TD calling for it to be taken down.

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The photo, which is around 20 years old, hangs in the section of the bar that is only accessible to TDs and senators and Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty says it sends out the wrong signal.

It shows Mr Fingleton sitting with former TDs including Bobby Molloy from the Progressive Democrats, Fine Gael's Tom Enright and senator Donie Cassidy of Fianna Fail.

It has long hung in the Dail members' bar, which Mr Doherty says "is not somewhere I frequent".

Irony

But Mr Doherty says the black and white photo is no longer appropriate.

He said it is ironic that the picture is still there up at a time "when the Dail is consumed with dealing with the legacy of people like Michael Fingleton and the economic mess they created".

"It is well past time that this picture was taken down from its perch and placed in the dustbin of history once and for all," the Donegal South-West TD said.

Mr Doherty also said the idea of a bar only accessible to TDs should also be done away with.

"The very notion of a private bar in a house that is meant to represent all of the people is outdated and part of the old way. Time for that to go too."

Irish Independent

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