Dáil dress code March 23, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
What do people think of this, a parliamentary dress code due – apparently due to ‘complaints’ about the garb of various Deputies. Curious the Seanad doesn’t seem to get the same opprobrium – or at least it is not mentioned. It’s also worth keeping in mind that this is broadly about male TDs dress – interesting the gendered aspects of that and the expectations of same. And even now the majority of TDs who turn up turn up in shirt and tie and jacket.
Part of the problem is what is ‘formal’ or ‘neat’ for that is part of what is advocated. I’m always minded in these discussions to think of Tony Gregory who eschewed the tie, but kept a jacket on. It was certainly neat, and in a way formal enough. But it wasn’t conventional, as the conventions at the time had it.
[he] began by booting out the proposal to introduce a new Oireachtas dress code. He feels this is an example of the “increasing bureaucracy” around Leinster House. (He’s right there.)
“People are not going to come in wearing a bikini. If they did, they’d be censured by the House and they would be expelled. I remember Cicciolina in the Italian parliament.”