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Friday 24 May 2019

'Remove royal statue for more parking' - Sinn Féin TD

The statue of Prince Albert
The statue of Prince Albert

Ken Foxe

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.

Irish Independent

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