Friday 28 July 2017

The latest debate? TDs are now at war over the Dáil prayer

TD Ruth Coppinger. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
TD Ruth Coppinger. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

DAYS before beginning their two week break for Easter, TDs are at war over the Dáil prayer.

The escalating dispute over religion in the workplace had resulted in hard-left TDs demanding a Dáil debate and vote on the issue.

At an Oireachtas Business Committee meeting this morning, TDs clashed over the prayer and a motion due to be voted on today was cancelled.

It had been proposed, to appease TDs opposing the prayer, that a moment of silent reflection would follow the prayer each day.

A motion allowing this to happen was to be voted on in the Dail today.

However, this was rejected by Solidarity TD Mick Barry and Social Democrat Roisin Shortall.

A debate and vote on the prayer will now be held when the Dail returns from the Easter recess.

It is understood Independent Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath criticised the hard-left TDs for showing a lack of tolerance towards people of Catholic faith.

On Twitter, Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger said: "Under new rules TDs will be obliged to stand for daily prayers in Dail. Solidarity oppose this religious test for TDs. There should be no prayer in workplaces. Religion is personal matter."

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