Wednesday 18 September 2019

TD 'mortified' at colleagues in Dáil 'circus' queue for Bono

 

Bono and his wife Ali with Nancy Pelosi and Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl in Leinster House. Photo: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE
Bono and his wife Ali with Nancy Pelosi and Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl in Leinster House. Photo: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

A senior Fianna Fáil TD has said he was "mortified" at party colleagues who queued up in the Dáil chamber to meet rock star Bono.

Darragh O'Brien described the behaviour of fellow Fianna Fáil members and politicians from other parities who lined up to meet and take selfies with the U2 frontman as "unedifying" and "cringeworthy".

Bono was invited to attend a speech in the Dáil by US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi.

On Independent.ie's Floating Voter podcast, Mr O'Brien said: "A load of colleagues seemed to be starstruck.

"There was a message there to be listened to, and then it turned into a circus or a carnival.

"I thought it was unedifying to be honest, and it made me quite uncomfortable just looking at it."

Mr O'Brien also took aim at colleagues who used their phones to take photographs in the Dáil chamber, which is against Oireachtas rules.

"It isn't something that is allowed," he said.

"People should be a little bit more aware of where they are but also the position they are in."

Among those taking photographs and queuing to meet Bono was Mr O'Brien's constituency colleague Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee.

In her address at Leinster House, Ms Pelosi praised Bono and U2 for their contribution to music.

She also said Brexit must threaten peace in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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