Saturday 16 December 2017

Dail restaurant menu to keep count of calories

Louise Hogan

Louise Hogan

POLITICIANS carrying a few 'holiday pounds' will be offered calorie-counting menus in the Dail.

Many ministers can find themselves carrying the famed 'ministerial stone' due to the irregular and long hours in chambers, as they often opt for the wrong type of foods.

So as the new term gets under way in the Dail, menus in the Leinster House restaurant will contain calorie guides.

Jerry Buttimer, the chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, said TDs, senators and Dail staff will now be able to make more informed choices about what they are eating.

Mr Buttimer said: "This will act as a real incentive for those who are trying to lose weight or who simply want to keep an eye on what they are consuming," said the TD, who has battled with his own weight throughout his public life.

Health Minister James Reilly delivered research on the benefits of listing calories on restaurant menus to an Oireachtas Committee before the summer.

And while larger chains welcomed the move, smaller establishments said it would cost too much to implement.

Irish Independent

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