Last Chance Saloon



The price of hooch and soft drinks at the Dáil bar.

And they give credit.

John Gallen writes:

Even at these prices there is €28,642 owed to the Dáil bar [as of November 17, 2015] by 121 TDs and senators and there’s one TD out there who owes the Dáil bar €2,500

If the Dáil sat 123 days in 2015, as it did in 2014, that’s about €20.32 for every day sat. I hope there was food in that bill…


Politicians rack up almost €30,000 on Dail bar tab (Martin Grant, Sunday World)

Price list via Sunday World

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30 thoughts on “Last Chance Saloon

  1. DoM

    What a depressingly 90s drinks menu. I presume that wine is a choice between Black Tower and Blue Nun?

  2. Anne

    Why are we funding these bunch of alcos?

    Probably none of it paid once expenses are put through.


    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Was there once in the 90s and was bemused by the number of TDs in the bar vs the empty seats in the Dail chamber where the debates being discussed at the time were; (a) rod licenses and freshwater fishing controls and (b) local authority golf club membership rules for women. On that Tuesday evening it was in the bar where the debate and the pints were flowing.

  3. Grace

    What an awful, boring list of beers – it’s a shame they don’t support the Irish brewing industry by stocking any of the delicious craft beers produced all around the country.

    1. Anne

      It’s us who pays.
      I’d be happy with them having a water fountain.. like the rest of us, if we’re lucky.

  4. 15 cents

    the prices are irrelevant, they dont pay for them anyway. i suppose theyre used to not paying for anything. and theyll probably expense what they owe. if they were doing an unreal job this would be out of order. but theyre not. theyre absolute wasters.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Well, it’s a bit annoying, don’t you think, to those that have had to curb their expenditure on a couple of pints as a result of increased taxation – to pay for the wayward actions of previous politicians in managing public finances – who no doubt didn’t have to sacrifice the few pints and even had the luxury of the few pints during the working day and, as is known, would heartily belt out a few come-all-yes after many of the said few pints.

      1. Saint Paul

        What? Saint Paul says let he who is not without sin cast rocks to kill a mockingbird. Or a poppinjay.

  5. DubLoony

    scotch whiskey – with an e, for shame.
    Y’d thing they’d be championing home brewed craft beers, new gins & whiskies.
    Support local jobs!

    1. DubLoony

      The Dáil has a huge amount of visitors, lots of tea & coffee sold too.
      There are 2 bars, one that visitors can access and the other is for Dáil members only. That’s the one where the serious boozing goes on.

      1. jeremy kyle

        Tea, coffee and food all makes perfect sense all right. But, even if it doesn’t actually happen, the fact that Ireland is already synonymous with booze the idea that a TD could be sipping a brandy at work is so painfully “Irish”.

  6. Cian

    Most of the larger bills are from getting catering for tour groups they’ve invited in – still should pay the damn bills on time; but its not (entirely) booze.

    1. Cup of tea anyone?

      Forget paying the bill on time. They should stop getting credit in the bar. How are they allow rack up €250 of a tab let alone €2500.

  7. kellma

    Leaving aside the irritant that we are footing the bill anyway…
    I can sort of understand why they would have a bar. TD finishes work and fancies a wind-down pint same as most people after a hard day’s work. However, you or I are unlikely to be approached and asked about “work” whilst doing so in a local bar.
    HOWEVER, what I don’t understand is why it is even open when there is a debate going on and TDs are supposed to be in the chamber joining in, in that debate. Even if they are taking a quick break, alcohol should not be involved.

    1. scottser

      you nearly had me, then you went and inferred that a politician does a hard day’s work.
      close, but no cigar.

  8. ahjayzis

    It’d probably be considered a bad idea to have a staff pub in a hospital or large garda station. But this is grand sure, they’re only fupping lawmakers.

    1. Saint Paul

      Saint Paul isn’t sure now

      The amount of people he has met in bars who would fix the world after a few pints is a number larger than 10

  9. Frilly Keane

    Sur look at all the ones in there that have their own driver

    What’s stopping them have a pint or three with the toasted special

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