The Dáil struggled this morning for enough deputies to be present to begin business.
Questions to the Justice Minister were delayed for eight minutes waiting for the required 20 TDs to be present.
TD’s have been missing in recent weeks as they focus their energies on canvassing for the General Election.
Tánaiste Joan Burton was among those who had to come into the chamber to allow business to begin.
Junior Minister for the Diaspora Jimmy Deenihan finally made up the numbers and Dáil business got underway.