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Dublin: 3°C Monday 29 November 2021

Here's the definitive proof that summer has arrived in Leinster House

TDs have been raiding their summer wardrobes…

THE WEATHER IS only smashing across large parts of the country today and in Leinster House it’s no different.

Though there might be plenty of grey men in grey suits roaming the halls of our national parliament one or two like to crack out the summer wardrobe when the sun comes out.

Chief among them is the Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan. Earlier, we revealed he was sporting his now infamous ‘Man from Delmonte’ jacket earlier today as deputies returned from their constituencies.

Chairing Foreign Affairs questions in the chamber a short time ago we got to witness Durkan’s jacket in all its glory:

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During Leaders’ Questions, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was all white, unbuttoned shirt and rolled-up sleeves as he occupied an unusual spot three seats in from the aisle as he grilled the Taoiseach.

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Out on the famous plinth, Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea had also dusted off his summer clothes.

Unfortunately for Willie, his choice of jacket led some of his parliamentary colleagues to make a joke at his expense.

Indeed the sun appeared to have gotten to some politicians’ heads as Fianna Fáil outlined its measures to help the self-employed and small businesses on sun-kissed plinth.

The founder of Lir chocolates, Senator Mary White, said she wasn’t worried about her party’s plans for a sugar tax.


“Chocolate is an aphrodisiac,” she told giggling reporters.

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