CONTROVERSY has erupted over Louth TD Gerry Adams’s Dail attendance record which was described last week as ‘ one of the worst of all our TDs’.
Figures compiled by the Irish Independent show the Sinn Fein leader was absent for one in four Dáil sitting days during the first half of the year, missing 17 of the 68 days on which the Dáil sat from January to the end of June 2012.
Ten of the days missed were Thursdays, ‘effectively giving the Louth TD a two-day week on a regular basis’. He missed 22 out of 99 Dail sitting days last year. And while the Dáil does not meet every Friday, it does have special monthly Friday sittings, of which Mr. Adams missed four in six months. Mr. Adams, who is paid €92,000 and claimed €48,000 in expenses last year, is almost always in the Dail on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to take part in leaders’ questions.