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TDs drown their sorrows as Coalition flounders

Government parties decamped to Dublin's restaurants and bars as controversy mounted before end of the Dail term, writes Philip Ryan

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin. Picture: Damien Eagers

Taoiseach Micheal Martin. Picture: Damien Eagers

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin. Picture: Damien Eagers

On Thursday evening, Junior Minister Pippa Hackett paced up and down the alleyway near the Royal Hibernian Way just off Dawson Street in Dublin city centre.

She was dining with her husband and Green Party councillor Mark Hackett and her Seanad colleague Pauline O'Reilly in the upmarket Isabelle's restaurant just a stone's throw from Leinster House.

Despite losing out on a few quid following a U-turn on a €16,000 top-up for ministers of state at Cabinet she still had some spare cash to spend in one the city's chic restaurants.