After an Oireachteas Committee voted down Senator John Crown's motion for a proposed smoking ban in the grounds of Leinster House,the Senator said he was disappointed in the outcome.
But what made me laugh was the following excuse from Fianna Fail's spokesman on health Billy Kelleher.
Who was more worried that TD'S could get the sh!te kicked out of them on the street! (Maybe he's Right)
Responding to the motion, Fianna Fáil spokesman on health Billy Kelleher said while efforts should be made to discourage people from smoking, other health factors needed to be considered.
“It could be dangerous to some member’s health to go outside the gates and have a cigarette because they’d have people outside there waiting for them at particular times when governments inevitably get unpopular,” he said.
“If people are afraid to go out in the street and have a cigarette because they will face the wrath of an inflamed electorate, stop smoking”, Prof Crown responded.
Senator's smoking ban fails to ignite - The Irish Times - Thu, Nov 15, 2012