Tuesday 22 August 2017

'It's an episode of Fr Ted' - left wing TDs snub Dail prayer

TD Ruth Coppinger. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
TD Ruth Coppinger. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A number of left wing TDs have refused to stand for the Dáil prayer.

Members of Solidarity/People Before Profit (PBP) held up placards today which read: “Separation between Church and State”.

The Dáil last week voted to impose new rules which include saying a religious prayer followed by a period of silent reflection.

But six TDs in total today refused to stand for the prayer, which technically is breach of the rules.

Two TDs, Dublin West deputy Ruth Coppinger and Cork North-Central deputy Mick Barry raised the placards over their heads while the prayer was being read by Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl.

Speaking prior to the Dáil sitting, Dublin South Central TD Bríd Smith said: “No way we won’t pray”.

Ms Coppinger said that the new rules have turned Ireland into an “episode of Father Ted”.

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