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TDs are off on their summer holidays today

The Dáil will return in September

TDS ARE OFF on their holidays today due to the Dáil rising for the summer.

Senators have to wait for another week before they can head off, as they are due to sit for another week.

The Taoiseach was asked yesterday if politicians should abandon the idea of a two-month break, and just take the usual two-week holiday, like everybody else.

He told reporters that he understands there is a “perception” among the public that politicians don’t work over the summer, but he said this is not true.

“I can certainly guarantee that no TD will be taking a two-month break,” he said, adding that there is “a big difference between the Dáil being in recess and the Dáil being on holidays”.

He said ministers will be busy in their departments, while TDs will be “very busy” catching up with their constituency work.

The Taoiseach said Cabinet will continue to meet over the next couple of weeks.

A second Cabinet meeting of the week is due to be held tomorrow in order to clear the decks ahead of the autumn session.

A special Cabinet meeting is also due to be held in Derrynane in Kerry next Wednesday, with a third Cabinet meeting due to be held the following week.

Varadkar said he will also be travelling to several European capitals on business over the summer.

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