Dáil turns plinth pink as TDs’ ‘rumble’ is resolved

THERE was no shouting, debating, vitriolic exchanges or even derogatory comments.

TDs and senators from across the political spectrum stepped onto the plinth at Leinster House yesterday with smiles.

It was Pink Friday and male as well as female politicians took the plunge, wearing their brightest hues for the day to help raise cancer awareness.

Even big Phil Hogan wore a pink tie. The minister was beaming at the back of the crowd as dozens of Oireachtas members posed for photographs.

But Dun Laoghaire TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor had also asked her colleagues to spruce up for another reason.

On Tuesday, Dáil microphones picked up a conversation between TD Luke “Ming” Flanagan and fellow Independents Mick Wallace and Shane Ross.

Mr Wallace referred to her as “Miss Piggy”, while the other two made snide comments about her colourful clothes.

Upset by the remarks, Ms Mitchell O’Connor had called on her female colleagues to wear pink yesterday.

But the surprise turn-out of dozens of politicians brought a more jovial feel to the occasion.

Even Ming wore a light pink suit jacket.

Journalists wore pink shirts, ties and dresses.

And Ms Mitchell O’Connor’s magnanimous attitude was evident when she declared that the “rumble” earlier in the week was finished.

“It’s over,” she said. “Today was about raising awareness for breast cancer.”

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