Wednesday 23 January 2019

'Repeal' jumpers stunt led to rule

People Before Profit TDs wear Repeal the 8th sweatshirts in the Dáil
People Before Profit TDs wear Repeal the 8th sweatshirts in the Dáil Newsdesk Newsdesk

Rules brought in last year ban TDs from wearing items that contain a slogan or a campaigning message in the Dáil.

The Code of Parliamentary Standards - adopted in 2010 - previously banned the wearing of emblems of a party-political nature in Leinster House. Precisely what constitutes such an emblem isn't defined in the code. The Committee on Procedures introduced the rules banning slogans last year following incidents where Solidarity-People Before Profit TDs wore pro-choice 'Repeal' jumpers in the Dáil chamber.

Deputies in breach of the rules are first asked to remove the offending item. If they refuse, the Ceann Comhairle can ask them to leave the Chamber for the rest of the sitting, or he can put the question to the house to suspend the member.

The previous lack of clarity perhaps led to Independent TD Mattie McGrath being told by Dáil staff to remove a charity Daffodil Day pin.

Easter Lilies that commemorate the 1916 Rising are allowed.

Poppies, like the 'Shamrock Poppy' worn by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in memory of the Irish soldiers who died in WWI, are also permitted.

Irish Independent

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