Saturday 21 April 2018

Dail bar opening hours to be reviewed

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

THE opening hours of the controversial Dail bar are to be reviewed by the body which sets the rules for TDs in Leinster House.

The decision by Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett to refer the opening hours of the member’s bar – which only TDs and senators have access to – to the Committee on Procedures and Procedures and Privileges (CPP) follows a request from Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

The member’s bar in Leinster House stays open as long as the Dail is sitting and the request from Mr Adams follows the ‘Lapgate’ controversy, which saw Fine Gael TD Tom Barry pull colleague Aine Collins onto his lap during the late night abortion sittings.

The bar was open until 5am that morning, and Mr Barry said he had been in the bar prior to the incident but had not been drinking excessively.

Mr Adams also previously claimed some TDs were drunk during the other late night-early morning sitting earlier his year for the liquidation of the former Anglo Irish Bank as part of the promissory note deal.

He has now written to Mr Barrett asking for the Dail bar to adhere to the same opening hours as other bars, and an Oireachtas spokesperson said Mr Barrett has sent the request to the CPP.

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