“Unjustifiable. It’s nuts” - Mary Lou McDonald on plan for longer Dáil holiday

Objections have been raised in the Dáil to a proposed recess of nearly three months

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has criticised a proposed Dáil recess of around three months.

The Fine Gael parliamentary party was reportedly told yesterday that TDs will break for the summer in early July and return later than usual.

The longer break was suggested to allow for renovations in the Georgian sections of Leinster House.

Chief Whip Regina Doherty indicated yesterday that no decision on the matter has yet been made.

“Any schedule will be based around works to be carried out and will NOT affect committee sittings,” she said on Twitter.

Under the plan, the Dáil would rise for the summer on July 7th and resume sometime after the usual mid-September return time.

But Deputy McDonald has said she will challenge any move to extend politicians’ holidays.

The Sinn Féin TD suggested 

"Unjustifiable. It's nuts," she told Newstalk Breakfast.

Labour TD Jan O'Sullivan was one of a number of deputies to criticise the proposal in the Dáil this afternnon.

"I understand the work to be done in this chamber is not very major. There is other work to be done around the house, so could we not sit in this chamber and have the other work carried out, and find accommodation for us in other places?" she said.

Meanwhile, Ceann Comhairle Seán O'Fearghail said that he understood the building work does not require a recess of 12 weeks, as Fine Gael TDs were told.

"What briefings are given or not given to any political party is not a matter of discussion here or on the order of business," he said in the Dáil.