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Here are 5 TDs who could do with a new stylist

There’s been some fashion disasters in the Dáil in recent years…

MOST MALE TDs don’t go beyond a shirt, suit and tie when they’re roaming the halls of Leinster House or speaking in the Dáil chamber.

But for those that do opt for something a bit different to the standard deputy’s uniform their sartorial choices are questionable to say the least.

Even those that do wear a suit but try to mix it up don’t always pull it off. So, here are 5 TDs who could perhaps do with seeing a stylist….

1. Joe Higgins 

Not we’ve a lot of time for the Socialist Party TD who, regardless of what you think of his views, always make passionate contributions in the Dáil chamber. But while wearing a cream cardigan? We’re not so sure…


Then there’s this choice of garment which we once flippantly described as a ‘tracksuit’ only for a style conscious Sinn Féin staffer to give out and inform us it’s actually a ‘casual jacket’. What do we think?

higgins jacket

2. Michael Healy-Rae

The Kerry South TD clearly got the iron out before he donned this shirt. Just look at those shortsleeves, he could take off at any minute…

MHR sleeves

3. Mick Wallace

Football hipsters may appreciate the Wexford TD’s choice of garment but the colour does rather clash with the rest of the Dáil chamber:

mick wallace torino 1

Again, this is not much better:

mick wallace torino 2

4. Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan 

Okay, he’s not a TD any more but the new MEP for Midlands North West certainly had a few interesting outfit choices when he was in the Dáil.

Here’s his Oscar the Grouch t-shirt. Almost certainly a first in the lower house of parliament:

ming grouch

Then there was the hemp suit when he introduced a bill to legalise cannabis last year.

The suit is quite nice actually, but you can’t really appreciate it against the colour scheme of the Dáil chamber:

ming hemp

5. Bernard Durkan

By contrast, the Fine Gael TD sticks out like a sore thumb with this ‘Man from Del Monte’ number that he gets out of the wardrobe on an annual basis:


Read: Enda Kenny is wearing jeans and holidaying with a former president in Killarney

Read: You probably won’t be surprised which Irish politician took up the ice bucket challenge…

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