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Wednesday 20 September 2017

TDs vote to keep two-week break over Easter

Michael Brennan Political Correspondent

TDS have voted to continue the tradition of taking a two-week break over Easter despite calls for them to return earlier in the light of the banking crisis.

Before the vote to adjourn the Dail yesterday, Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said the tradition was not acceptable any more.

Mr Gilmore pointed to the Anglo Irish Bank posting the worst ever results in corporate history, the difficulties facing the Quinn insurance group, and the increase in the number of unemployed this week to 435,000.

"The idea that, at a time like this with so many issues which require attention, the Dail should be closed down for over a fortnight for Easter is not acceptable and credible.

"The Labour Party is opposed to this proposal," he said.

Sinn Fein's Dail leader Caoimhghin O Caolain said the two-week break was unjustifiable and excessive. "A single week for Easter is more than adequate, appropriate and justifiable," he said.

But although Labour, Fine Gael and Sinn Fein all voted against the two-week break, the Government won the vote with a 69-64 majority.

The Dail will not return until April 20 at 2.30pm.

Irish Independent

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