Tuesday 6 December 2016

Almost 60 TDs fail to take part in Dáil vote

Published 02/11/2016 | 15:26

Picture: Cormac McQuinn
Picture: Cormac McQuinn

A total of 58 TDs failed to participate in a vote this afternoon as the Dáil sits during what was originally intended to be a week off.

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As the Dáil voted on today’s order of business, more than a third of TDs were either absent or did not register a vote in the Chamber.

The 58 who failed to vote represents more than a third of the total number of TDs.

It comes after a row over whether or not the Dáil would sit during the mid-term break.

Last week in an unusual move, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin combined to stop the holidays meaning deputies must show up for work in Leinster House today and tomorrow.

In total 111 TDs voted for the House to sit this week, while just nine voted against the move.

That vote followed a row between Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty.

Mr Martin said the original decision to have a Halloween break sent out “the wrong signal completely” given the longer than normal summer recess.

However, Ms Doherty said that she had never wanted to schedule a week off but was forced to by a majority of the Dáil’s Business Committee.

Ms Doherty said she didn’t feel there should be a break because of “a fairly large legislative programme” before Christmas.

Just 99 TDs  out of 157 registered a vote on the Order of Business today.

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