TD Gerry Adams was absent for one in four Dail sitting days during the first half of 2012
Attendance records show that the Sinn Fein President has a habit of missing Thursdays, starting soon after he first took his seat in the Dail last year.
Out of 99 days last year, Mr Adams missed 22 with 10 of them falling on a Thursday.
Responding to the Irish Independent report a Sinn Féin spokesperson said:
“The Irish Independents figures relate only for the period from January to June. He ignores July when the Dáil sat 11 days and the Sinn Féin leader was present for each day.”
“Thus far this year Gerry Adams has attended 62 out of the 79 sitting days. This is a 78.5% attendance record on sitting days. On at least one of the days Gerry Adams was in attendance but did not sign in.”
“The Sinn Féin President makes no apologies for taking time to travel to constituencies across the state – in particular rural Ireland - to meet with those communities and citizens suffering as a result of this Government’s policies of austerity.”
Despite his poor attendance, Mr Adams has still been able to claim his monthly expenses for the first half of the year, however his travel and accommodation expenses will be cut if he does not sign in for at least 120 days. So far this year he has clocked in for 66 days.