TDs have taken a Halloween break – and longer summer holidays – despite a promise for fewer days off in the Programme for Government.
The Dail sittings were cancelled for the entire week during Halloween – even though there had been a promise by the Government, upon taking office, that it would scrap the "mid-term break".
And the Government has also broken its promise to shorten the Dail summer break to six weeks. It was eight weeks this year and eight weeks last year.
This is despite the following pledge in the Programme for Government drawn up last year: "There will be a summer recess of just six weeks and significantly reduced breaks at Christmas and Easter.
"We will abandon the practice of providing a 'mid-term break' – a full week off at St Patrick's Day and Halloween."