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Friday 11 July 2014

Wallace jersey leaves TDs unimpressed

Fionnan Sheahan and Sam Griffin

Published 31/01/2014|02:30

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Mick Wallace wearing football jersey in Dail
Mick Wallace wearing football jersey in Dail

TAX cheat Mick Wallace raised eyebrows yet again with his choice of attire in the Dail – this time wearing an Italian soccer jersey with a large logo of a sausage manufacturer.

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Dropping his trademark pink T-shirt, Mr Wallace wore the jersey of Torino football club as he spoke in the national parliament.

The Independent TD is a fan of Italian football and often wears tops associated with his team, Wexford Youths.

Mr Wallace could not be contacted last night, but FG chairman Charlie Flanagan said he was "not impressed".

He added that he was "as much amused as disappointed" by Mr Wallace's behaviour.

Mr Flanagan said he wasn't being prudish but there had to be a level of expectation about TDs' appearance. "I am in favour of a dress code in accordance with the standing of the houses of parliament," he said. "I do believe there should be a certain minimum standard."

The choice of attire on the Independent benches has raised eyebrows in the past.

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Attempts by the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett to introduce a strict dress code in the chamber have been repeatedly thwarted.

Mr Wallace's choice of clothes appears to go against the rules of the Oireachtas dress code, which calls for dress that reflects "dignity and decorum".

"The dress code in Leinster House is that Members should dress in a manner which reflects the dignity and decorum of the House.

"Regarding emblems, the convention is that the House should not be used for promotional purposes," an Oireachtas spokesperson told the Irish Independent last night.

The Ceann Comhairle tried to bring in a dress code two years ago but the move was rejected by the Committee of Procedure and Privilege.

Stylist Cathy O'Connor last night told the Irish Independent that while the wine colour may not suit the deputy, the problem with the jersey is that it takes attention away from what he's saying.

"Part of his remit is to get attention for the right reasons and more worthy reasons than wearing a football jersey in the Dail. No one is talking about his speech, they're talking about the jersey."

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