The Dail. The place where all the issues affecting the country are apparently “sorted out” when really it is a load of middle aged and elderly people shouting across a room at each other. They then take time off from arguing to go on holidays for months on end. Sounds fair on the rest of doesn’t it?

Even through all those arguments, there are a few faux pas that are forbidden in the Dail. Some things like this:

This is a classic. From having the pure anger of blurting out the F word to another politician in the Dail, to calming down almost instantly to apologise and take it back off the record is impressive.

So that one is an obvious word you can’t say in a government meeting. here are the less obvious ones, even though some of them suit many of the people who sit in the Dail.

  • Benny
  • Pair of bennies (for two TD’s)
  • Brat, acting the brat
  • Buffoon, buffoonery
  • Chancer
  • Communist
  • Corner boy
  • Coward
  • Fascist, fascist minister
  • Gurrier
  • Guttersnipe
  • Hypocrite, bloody hypocrites, hypocrisy, etc
  • Rat
  • Scumbag
  • Scurrilous, scurrilous speaker
  • Yahoo

There is a bit of trivia for you now that you can share with your friends if this random topic ever comes up in a conversation with your group of friends!

John McAuliffe