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Tom Barry

The grab seen around the world - the internet reacts to Tom Barry

Fine Gael say that they have ‘nothing further to add’ to general secretary Tom Curran’s statement and will not comment on any possible disciplinary procedures.


FINE GAEL TD Tom Barry may have been on the receiving end of a scathing statement from party general secretary Tom Curran, but that is not the end of the reaction to the footage of the Cork East TD pulling fellow part backbencher Áine Collins into his lap.

Curran released a rare public statement condemning the incident as ‘unacceptable’, saying that the fact that it happened in the Dáil made it even more so. A Fine Gael spokesperson said that they would not be adding to that statement and that they could not comment on any prospective disciplinary action.

Barry apologised unreservedly for the incident saying that ‘no excuses, I just shouldn’t have done it.’

The story has since gone global, with news outlets across the world, such as The Guardian picking up on the story.

Metro UK

The Belfast Telegraph reports that Tom Barry had been drinking on the evening

CNN had earlier carried a story on the video, but have since taken it down.

Read: Male TD pulls female colleague into his lap – in the Dáil chamber

Read: ‘No excuses, I shouldn’t have done it’ – Tom Barry

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