Thursday 17 August 2017

Smell of booze in the Dáil during late night sittings is 'appalling', says TD

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith
People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The smell of alcohol in the Dáil late at night is "appalling", a TD has claimed.

People Before Profit's Bríd Smith has said politicians are jumping between the bar and the chamber during sittings.

On three occasions last week the Dáil sat past 10.30pm in an attempt to finalise legislation before the summer recess.

"Sometimes late at night TDs are going in and out of the bar and the smell of drink around the place is appalling," Ms Smith said. She was responding to questions about the operation of the Dáil and the fact Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghail has lodged a complaint about Solidarity TD Paul Murphy's use of privilege last week to allege gardaí conspired to lie under oath during the Jobstown false imprisonment trial.

Ms Smith told RTÉ's 'The Week in Politics' that she hasn't lodged any complaint about TDs drinking during sitting hours "because I don't think it'd be fair".

Irish Independent

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