Wednesday 22 November 2017

TD told to take off Daffodil Day pin in Dáil 'in case it caused offence'

TD Mattie McGrath wearing his daffodil outside the Dáil. Photo: Arthur Carron
TD Mattie McGrath wearing his daffodil outside the Dáil. Photo: Arthur Carron
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A TD was asked to remove a Daffodil Day pin when entering the Dáil chamber in case it caused offence.

The Code of Parliamentary Standards bans the wearing of emblems of a party-political nature - and Mattie McGrath was told to take off a daffodil.

Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day, which seeks to raise funds for cancer research and treatment.

Mr McGrath told the Irish Independent he was told "no emblems allowed".

It comes amid a row over whether the Oireachtas should have a stricter dress code.

In recent months a number of deputies have worn 'Repeal' jumpers into the chamber in support of the 'Repeal the Eighth' campaign.

"It's farcical when we see Repeal the Eighth shirts and Tesco badges in the chamber. The daffodil is a symbol for a good cause," said Mr McGrath. He said there needed to be some clarity because "God knows what Sinn Féin and others see fit to promote".

"The daffodil is for a cancer charity. I don't blame the ushers. They have a job to do," he said.

However, a spokesperson for the Oireachtas indicated Mr McGrath should have been allowed to wear his daffodil. She said the restrictions applied only to political emblems.

Several TDs yesterday hit out at proposals to tighten the dress code, with Bríd Smith saying a report on the issue was a "waste of time and resources".

Irish Independent

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