You know what “horseplay” is – it’s when an adult man pulls an adult woman onto his lap when both of them are at work.
THE general secretary of Fine Gael has criticised party TD Tom Barry for his “unacceptable” and “inappropriate” actions in pulling a female party colleague onto his lap during the Dail abortion debate.
In a rare public statement, Tom Curran revealed that he had watched the footage of the incident, which has gone viral.
He insisted that the characterisation of the incident as “horseplay” by Fine Gael figures did not reflect how the party viewed it.
This morning, party officials described the incident as being “silly” and “clearly horseplay”.
However this afternoon, Mr Curran said the party did not view it this way and and branded it as “unacceptable”.
“One deputy’s actions were unwelcome to another deputy. If it happened in any other workplace, it would be unacceptable.
“That it happened on the floor of Leinster House makes it more so,” he said.
It’s strange that this seems to be so challenging for some people.