TD GROPED DAIL BEAUTY; Shamed ex-minister's apology to usher after bar incident.
A FORMER Minister was forced to say sorry to a pretty Dail usher after a late night groping grope
v. groped, grop·ing, gropes
1. To reach about uncertainly; feel one's way: groped for the telephone.
2. incident outside a Leinster House bar.
Former Minister for Sport Liam Aylward Liam Aylward (Irish: Liam Aighleart; born 27 September, 1952) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and a Member of the European Parliament for Ireland East. He was a Teachta Dála for Carlow-Kilkenny from 1977–2007. made a grovelling grov·el
intr.v. grov·eled also grov·elled, grov·el·ing also grov·el·ling, grov·els also grov·els
1. To behave in a servile or demeaning manner; cringe.
2. apology to pretty brunette Frances Lane after tackling her on a leather couch following a boozy booze Slang
a. Hard liquor.
b. An alcoholic beverage.
2. A drinking spree.
intr.v. session in the Dail bar.
Shaken Frances, a daughter of the Dail's most senior usher Frank Lane, fought off the drunk Fianna Fail TD, a married father of four and was comforted by shocked colleagues.
The next day she made a complaint to her boss, the Dail's captain of the guard, Commandant Noel McCann, and to her union, IMPACT.
A hearing was called last weekend, chaired by the Leas Ceann Conhairle Rory O'Hanlon Rory O'Hanlon (Irish: Ruairí Ó hAnnlúain; born 7 February, 1934) is a senior Fianna Fail politician, TD for Cavan Monaghan, and a former Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) of Dáil Éireann (the lower house of the Irish Parliament) and Government representing the leader of the house. Also present were government chief whip The Chief Whip is a political office in some legislatures assigned to an elected member whose task is to administer the whipping system that ensures that members of the party attend and vote as the party leadership desires. Seamus Brennan, the Superintendent of the Dail Commandant Eamonn O'Donoghue, Commandant McCann, Frances Lane and Liam Aylward.
At the hearing, the embarrassed Kilkenny TD claimed he could remember nothing of the incident.
Last night the former Minister said: "I have apologised for the incident personally and the apology was graciously accepted. I have nothing further to add."
A spokesman for Fianna Fail said: "Any complaint against a party member is taken seriously and is investigated fully through nor-
mal Dail procedures. This was sorted out immediately."
On the day of the incident Aylward, a father of four, had been on a trip to London and when he returned was drinking in the Dail bar. The incident took place near midnight outside the bar.
Dr Rory O'Hanlon, who attended the Dail hearing, is also the chairman of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party and issued a stern warning to Aylward that such behaviour from him "would never again be tolerated".
Aylward pleaded to the distraught usher for mercy and again apologised .
Frances Lane accepted his excuse.
Last week's incident follows a recent attempted assault by a Fianna Fail senator on a middle-aged usher who immediately kicked him in the shin.
And two years ago RTE (1) See runtime engine.
(2) (Real-Time Executive) The operating system used in the HP 1000 series. See HP 1000. journalist Una Claffey was assaulted by current Fianna Fail minister of state Ned O'Keeffe Edmond "Ned" O'Keeffe (Irish: Éamonn Ó Caoimh; born August, 1942) is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He is currently a TD for Cork East.
Ned O'Keeffe was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork in 1942. .
In a drunken state he attempted to French kiss the RTE political correspondent. He subsequently apologised.
Dail authorities now realise that the four female ushers are vulnerable to incident with TDs.
Rota bosses are now considering putting them on earlier duties.