Miriam Lord’s Week
German public broadcaster ZDF has denied charges of sexism over an advertisement for the European women’s soccer championship
Moving to the exits
The Dáil lived the song of the summer on Wednesday when politicians stayed out way past their bedtime to play Daft Punk Politics.
All together boys:
We’re up all night ‘til the sun
We’re up all night to drink some
We’re up all night for good fun
We’re up all night legislatin...’
Did any of them Get Lucky, as the tune goes? Not likely.
(Not even Tom Barry, now licking his wounds back in Cork and said to be so mortified by his appalling “lapgate” lapse that he was talking about resigning on Thursday.)
Given the night that was in it, and having filed Thursday’s “Mystic Miriam” column informing readers that the Bill had been passed (it’s a special gift, we also predicted Paschal Donohoe’s elevation), we went to the bar to carry out vital research.
The place was hopping.
Deputies and Ministers dipped in and out, meeting constituents and interest groups and the usual intake of third-level students.
A group of executives from the Dublin Chamber of Commerce arrived in after a meeting in Leinster House. A steady stream of Dublin-based TDs and Senators dropped in to talk to them.
The Visitors’ Bar closed as normal. Service continued behind the partition in the Members’ Bar until, we hear, a ridiculously late hour.
The authorities could have wheeled in a Burco boiler and a box of teabags and still allowed the politicians their space to gather and take refreshment.
Leinster House staff worked and waited until 5am, as did journalists, all performing heroically without recourse to porter. It was a long night.
But some TDs were more exhausted than others, and it had nothing to do with the availability of drink.
As the abortion debate staggered slowly towards dawn, a sizeable number of deputies were suffering sleep deprivation for the second night in a row.
They had been evacuated from their hotel in the early hours of the previous morning. Senator Terry Leyden told the Seanad that “six units of the fire brigade, an ambulance and six gardaí” attended the scene at the Mont Clare Hotel, just down the road from Leinster House.
“It was an electrical fire in the basement. The hotel was evacuated in an orderly manner. The management and staff deserve a great deal of credit.
“If it had been more serious, it would have been a tragedy because there were many deputies and Senators resident who were woken up at 3 o’clock this morning.”
Sounds more like closing time down at the Members’ Bar.
Are we closer to Berlin than we think?
While Irish women groan over Lapgate, spare a thought for their German sisters.
Derek Scally, our man in Berlin, brings news that public broadcaster ZDF has denied charges of sexism over an advertisement for the European women’s soccer championship.
It shows a woman in the German national strip kicking a dirty football into a front-loader washing machine.
Then the woman – whose head we never see – sits happily on top of the machine while it runs through the “leather” wash cycle.
A woman’s voice-over says: “Clean ball in Sweden. The European women’s championship on ZDF.” The German for clean is “sauber”, apparently intended as a pun on “zauber” for magic.