Wednesday 17 January 2018

Rare harmony breaks out in the Dail as TDs agree to take mid-term holiday

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

TDs have agreed to take a mid-term break next week -- with not one deputy in disagreement.

Despite having returned from their two-month summer recess only five weeks ago on September 18, the deputies will not be back at work until Tuesday, November 6. Furthermore, the Seanad has awarded itself an extra day as it returns on Wednesday, November 7.

Rare harmony broke out in the chamber during yesterday morning's Order of Business when the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett put the Government's proposal to the House that the Dail would adjourn until Tuesday, November 6.

It was agreed to without a vote being called by any member of the Opposition. The week-long recess is to coincide with the schools' mid-term holiday.

The decision to take the week-long break was defended yesterday by government chief whip Paul Kehoe. "There is business happening in Leinster House next week," he said. "Some committees are sitting, and there is also a cabinet meeting next Wednesday."

He also pointed out that the number of days that the Dail sits had increased.

Irish Independent

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