Friday 24 May 2019

The Floating Voter: Fianna Fáil TD 'mortified' by colleagues who queued up in the Dáil chamber to meet U2 star Bono

Bono and his wife Ali look on as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at Leinster House in Dublin, Ireland April 17, 2019. Irish Government Pool/Maxwells
Bono and his wife Ali look on as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at Leinster House in Dublin, Ireland April 17, 2019. Irish Government Pool/Maxwells
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

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

Darragh O’Brien said the behaviour of Fianna Fail members and politicians from other parities who lined up to meet and take selfies with the U2 frontman was “unedifying” and “cringeworthy”.

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

Speaking on Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, Mr O’Brien said: “A load of colleagues seemed to be star struck.”

“There was 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,” he added.

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 and people should be a little bit more aware of where they are but also the position they are in,” he said.

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

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