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Check this out -- I'm not afraid of fashion police

Tie? No. Suit? Not a chance. Shirt? Check -- well, the pattern was.

Looking more lumberjack than TD, Richard Boyd Barrett clearly isn't afraid of the fashion police in the Dail.

Mr Boyd Barrett and others, including fellow Independents Luke 'Ming' Flanagan and Mick Wallace, have received a dressing down -- yet they're still literally dressing down.

Yesterday it was business as usual for the rebels, despite Government chief whip Paul Kehoe asking chief whips from the other parties and the technical group of Independents to abide by the House's traditional dress code.

Mr Boyd Barrett showed up for proceedings yesterday in a chequered green and purple shirt that may have required ironing.

Mr Wallace was certainly colourful in his green T-shirt, while Ming wasn't following the tie code.

For their part Sinn Fein were also joining the ranks of the underdressed with most of their male TDs abandoning ties.

kdoyle@herald.ie


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