TD’s and government ministers continue to enjoy their insanely long Christmas break today as they enter week 4 of their festive holidays. The traditional 12 days of Christmas might apply to most of us but not the men and women of Dáil Eireann who are still at home enjoying their usual 27 days of Christmas.
You’d be forgiven for thinking our politicians are taking this piss and that’s because they clearly are taking the piss but TD for Roscommon Barney Fitzmaurice said criticism of the Dáil’s lengthy break is unfair and claimed that just because they’re not at Leinster House doesn’t mean they’re not working.
“I have a little office in my hometown where people can come and see me to discuss any problems they might have. Okay so I can’t remember the last time I was in it and God only knows where the key is but the office is there and it has a big poster of my face in the window so it’s not fair to say we’re still on holidays.”
Mr. Fitzmaurice’s party colleague Dan Owens agreed and said he can’t wait to get back to Dáil Eireann to represent his constituents again.
“Well when I say get back to Dáil Eireann I usually sign in and then head straight to Dublin Airport and hit the Canaries for a week. I love a bit of sun after the miserable Irish Christmas weather. When I fly back I just sign the Dáil register again and drive down home. You can claim enough in expenses for travel and overnight stay in Dublin to pay for the entire holiday. Some craic lads in fairness. The people down here keep voting for me as long I attend a few funerals now and again. It’s a great little country so it is.”
The first order of the day when the Dáil reconvenes is a proposal to give TD’s a pay rise and longer holidays. It’s expected to pass.