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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Wallace skips Dail for holiday at World Cup

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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WEXFORD Deputy Mick Wallace was 'livin la vida loca' in Brazil in recent days despite the Dail being in full session.

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Soccer fan Wallace has attended every World Cup since 1982 and despite his money woes this year was no difference.

The Wexford deputy didn't let the fact that Ireland failed to qualify for the tournament dampen his ardour and hot footed it off to South America to take in a few games. Deputy Wallace is a keen fan of Italian soccer and they kept his interest in the tournament alive.

However with the Dail in session, he's been keeping his trip very low key with no indication of his footballing trip on either his Facebook or Twitter account.

Indeed posts in the Dail Diary section of his website give the impression he was busy debating the issue of pyrite with Minister Hogan on July 1 when in fact the matter came up for discussion on June 17.

The Dail will officially break for its summer recess on July 17 by which time the World Cup will be over.

Deputy Wallace is understood to have attended the now infamous game between Uruguay and Italy involving the controversial Luis Suarez biting incident.

However Deputy Wallace is expected back in Leinster House this week and won't be attending the semi final or the final of the tournament.

He didn't attend the Wexford Youths match at the weekend. A source close to Deputy Wallace said he had attended a number of games but hadn't secured tickets for the final games.

Mayor of Wexford Cllr. George Lawlor was critical of Deputy Wallace's decision to attend the World Cup.

'I think it's rather unusual that a person who gets a number of months holiday in summer would extend the holidays to attend something on the other side of the world and then to be putting down questions as if he was in the Dail.'

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