Monday 26 September 2016

Politicians swap the Dail for the runway at the charity Oireachtas Fashion Show

Elaine McCahill

Published 09/12/2015 | 07:38

Health Minister Leo Varadker and (inset) is Sen Averil Power at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Health Minister Leo Varadker and (inset) is Sen Averil Power at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Minister Leo Varadkar and Senator Catherine Noone at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Marietta Doran and Min Leo Varadkar at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Minister Leo Varadkar at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Minister Leo Varadkar at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Senator Averil Power at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett

Irish politicians swapped the corridors of power for the catwalk at a glamorous charity fashion show in the Shelbourne hotel last night.

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TDs and senators donned their glad rags for the annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show to raise funds for Research Motor Neurone.

Fine Gael TD Nicky McFadden died of motor neurone disease in 2014 and her colleagues said it was nice to come together in her memory.

Minister Leo Varadkar wasn't nervous about strutting his stuff in front of a few hundred people.

Senator Averil Power at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Senator Averil Power at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett

"I've done it once before so I'm not a fashion show virgin," he told the Herald.

"They've allowed me to escape from the Dail for an hour-and-a-half to strut my stuff and it's all for a very good cause."

Senator Averil Power donned a sparkling navy gown for the occasion.

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Minister Leo Varadkar at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Minister Leo Varadkar at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett

"I'm a little bit nervous, it's a little bit out of my comfort zone," she said.

"It's a little bit sad because Nicky isn't with us but it's nice to do something in her memory and to raise much-needed funds for motor neurone research.

"It's the only night this week I won't be knocking on doors," she added.

Minister Jimmy Deenihan organised the first fashion show with stylist Marietta Doran and said this year's event was "this Dail's final tribute to Nicky".

Helen McEntee TD at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Helen McEntee TD at the 3rd annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show at The Shelbourne in aid of Research Motor Neurone. Picture: Kieran Harnett

"Nicky was very popular in the Dail and she really valued the friendship of all her colleagues and she was an inspiration to all of us," he said.

Among the 19 politicans taking to the fashion ramp were Eamon Coghlan, Fidelma Healy Eames and Helen McEntee.

Stylist Marietta was the host on the night and wore a gown by Ireland's youngest Bridal Designer, Niamh Corazon (18).

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