Dáil Bar opening hours raised again by Gerry Adams
Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams TD, again has raised the issue of the Dáil Bar with Leinster House authorities.
Teachta Adams has raised the issue on several previous occasions publicly and with the Ceann Comhairle.
His concerns were subsequently underlined by several controversial incidents involving TDs under the influence of alcohol while debating important legislation in the Dáil.
The Sinn Féin Leader also drew attention to the impact of late opening hours on the working conditions of ushers and others working in Leinster House.
Teachta Adams today said:
"It is a ridiculous situation to have a bar on the premises of any workplace, open until all hours of the morning. However, to have this situation pertaining in the Dáil where important legislation affecting the lives of so many citizens is being debated is a disgrace."
Gerry Adams first wrote to the Ceann Comhairle on the issue last July. Sean
Barrett then referred the issue to the Committee on Procedure and Privileges of the Dáil and also the CPP of the Seanad.
The issue has now been referred to the Joint Sub-Committee on Administration.