Just one TD showed up to pass a bill in the Dáil today
A leading Opposition deputy has defended his party’s absence from the Dáil after a bill on the prison service was passed with just one TD present.
Junior Minister Ann Phelan was the only politician present, from either from the Government or Opposition side, for the debate on a bill that ratifies the closure of St Patrick’s institution.
When asked by the Leas Ceann Comhairle if government amendments to the bill were agreed, the Labour TD responded: “agreed”.
It is unusual for the Dáil to sit on a Monday, however, there is a raft of legislation being rushed through prior to Christmas recess.
Asked about his party’s absence for the debate on the bill, Fianna Fail Justice spokesperson Niall Collins said he had contributed to an earlier debate on the issue.
He said he wasn’t going to enter into a “silly buggers' debate in relation to who was there and who wasn’t there”.
Mr Collins added: “I note the Minister for Justice wasn’t there. I’m not making an issue out of that. “