Dáil Bar facilities require ‘urgent and serious’ reform – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that the operation of bar facilities within the Oireachtas requires urgent and serious reform.
Mr Adams added that outstanding Dáil Bar tabs owed by members of the Oireachtas should be paid immediately and that all future bills should be settled within the time allocated by the Oireachtas.
Teachta Adams said;
“The operation of bar facilities within the Oireachtas demands urgent and serious reform.
“The Oireachtas is a workplace. The idea of a bar, open until any hour of the morning, where important legislation affecting the lives of citizens is being debated, is unacceptable.
“I raised this issue many times with the previous Ceann Comhairle and with the Committee of Procedures and Privileges.
“Regrettably, those with the power to address the issue refuse to do so.
“It is baffling that Dáil bar opening hours are operated on the basis of parliamentary privilege. This means that it is unregulated and not subject to the normal licensing laws. This needs to change.
“In the past, we have had the scandal of Oireachtas members voting while under the influence of alcohol.
“It is also totally unacceptable that staff should be stuck in Leinster House, sometimes to the early hours of the morning, just because some TD wants an after-hours drink.
“I feel very strongly that the operating of the bar facilities within Leinster House should be properly regulated. I will be raising this matter, once again, when the Dáil resumes in September.”
Commenting on the issue of outstanding tabs on the Dáil bar, Mr Adams said;
“Outstanding tabs in the Dáil bar should be paid immediately and all future bills settled within the time allocated by the Oireachtas.”