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Dail is a 'very fake place' to work, reveals Government Minister O Riordain


Aodhan O'Riordan

Aodhan O'Riordan

Aodhan O'Riordan

A GOVERNMENT Minister has today claimed that the Dail is "a very fake place to work".

Minister for State at the Department of Justice Aodhan O Riordain hit out at the manner in which politicians conduct themselves in the run-up to the Christmas recess.

Mr O Riordain, a Labour TD for Dublin North Central, said the present Dail was sitting more often "than any other administration".

However, he claimed that the environs of Leinster House "can be a fake place", adding that the Opposition are too interested in causing rows.

"Why such a long break? I don't know," he told Newstalk Breakfast.

"What normally happens is that every year there is a row.

"The Dail can be a very fake place. I find it a very fake place to work. We have to come in and say that everything the opposition say is rubbish.


"They [the Opposition] have to come in and say that everything we say is rubbish," he added.

Speaking during the same programme, Fianna Fail Health spokesperson Billy Kelleher said a lot of TDs will be working early in the New Year.

"The idea that it is legs up in front of the armchair is simply not the case. It is not a five or six week holiday….it is four weeks at max."

TDs were due to go on their Christmas holidays tomorrow and return by January 15.

However, sittings will now take place next week in order to ensure the passing of the Irish Water legislation by Christmas.

The government will attempt ensure the water legislation passes through the Seanad without delay.