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Dáil bar should operate under the same rules as other bars: Adams

25 July, 2013 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams TD, has confirmed that the Ceann Comhairle, at his request, has referred the opening hours of the Dáil bar to the Committee on Procedure and Privileges.

At present the Dáil bar remains open as long as the Dáil is sitting, but the Sinn Féin president said it should be subject to the same licencing laws as other bars”.

He raised the matter of the effects on staff of long hours, often unplanned and the rights of staff regarding working hours and conditions.

In his letter to the Ceann Comhairle, Gerry Adams TD said:
“I’m sure you may be further concerned with the declining standards of behaviour and the increased boisterous and raucous outbursts during late sittings, which I believe are linked to the longer opening hours.”

Deputy Adams also asks the Ceann Comhairle to clarify if the Dáil bars do, in fact, have a licence, saying he had been told they do not. “If this is the case, could you let me know how this is so?” he added.

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