Monday 21 October 2019

Dáil bar rat finally 'surrenders', but not before raiding the jams

Unwelcome guest: A rat has been spotted in the Dáil bar
Unwelcome guest: A rat has been spotted in the Dáil bar
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A rat which forced the closure of the Dáil bar has been caught.

Pest control specialists were called into Leinster House yesterday after staff failed to take down the rodent with a golf club. The pest was first spotted by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on Tuesday afternoon, forcing the closure of the exclusive Members' Only Bar.

Later that evening, the "plump" rat was spotted in the adjacent Visitors' Bar, which is open to the public.

Eyewitnesses say the rodent was extremely brazen as he tried to raid the jams and evade capture. He eventually "surrendered" last night. However, the two bars remain closed "until further notice".

Officials believe the rodent was a lone invader but they cannot be certain.

Health inspectors were contacted by the Oireachtas as a precautionary measure.

This is usually a busy week for the bar as TDs wind down for their summer holidays, which start today.

Irish Independent

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