'Remove royal statue for more parking' - Sinn Féin TD
A Sinn Féin TD has called for the removal of a royal statue from the grounds of Leinster House… but not for the reason that might be expected.
One of the party's longest-serving TDs has looked to have the statue of Prince Albert taken to a museum because of difficulties for politicians in getting a parking space.
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin wrote to the Ceann Comhairle's office complaining of how hard it was to find a space for his car when in a hurry.
He said politicians with a designated space on the Merrion Square side of the parliament campus faced particular difficulties if they arrived in the afternoon or had an "off-site" appointment during the day.
"Its presence has no relevance in the grounds of our parliament dating as it does from a time before the establishment of the Dáil and Seanad," he said.