Wednesday 21 March 2018

Let's worry about cuts, not tailoring

It's difficult to know whether to laugh or to cry at the news that the Dail is set to impose a dress code on its members, with male TDs expected to wear a jacket and long-sleeved shirt and women TDs banned from wearing jeans when our national parliament returns from its two-month summer holidays next September.

While we have always found Independent TD Mick Wallace's preference for shocking pink polo shirts a bit hard on the eye, it's hard to see how such sartorial lapses interfere with his ability to perform his parliamentary duties. Likewise, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan's preference for not tucking his shirt into his trousers and refusing to wear a jacket in the Dail chamber.

Amazingly, despite such fashion faux pas, these and other, mainly Independent, deputies are among the most effective members of the recently elected Dail.

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