ONE member of the Oireachtas returned from the summer break sporting a flourishing beard that wouldn't look out of place amid a line-up of The Dubliners.
But it isn't mere vanity that prompted this hirsute addition to his visage. It has a practical purpose, too.
"I'm a married man with one young child, and it acts as a contraceptive, so the wife keeps away from me," he explained, presumably with tongue firmly in bearded cheek.
It actually doesn't look too frightful at all. So does this mean that he was telling a barefaced lie?