Oireachtas Members’ Restaurant: Inside the secret dining room where TDs and Senators eat

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Houses of the Oireachtas: its Members’ Restaurant serves seven kinds of potato if you count ‘skinny fries and chunky chips’ twice. Photograph: Alan Betson

Houses of the Oireachtas: its Members’ Restaurant serves seven kinds of potato if you count ‘skinny fries and chunky chips’ twice. Photograph: Alan Betson

There will be five kinds of potato, or so it has been foretold. No online menus give a flavour of what’s coming when you enter the Members’ Restaurant in the Houses of the Oireachtas. Omertà prevails in Dublin’s secret dining room, where a table is about as attainable as an Aimsir booking, if you don’t have friends in elected places.

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Over the years I’ve tried to breach the walls, but I have yet to meet a public representative who wants to bring anyone to lunch who might have a bad word to say. Then serendipity (in the shape of a raffle win) gifts a voucher for a meal for four in the hallowed walls.

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