On 8th October 2014 S.A.R.G members visited Dáil Éireann. We were welcomed by Ann Phelan T.D and entertained by John Paul Phelan T.D. The Dáil Chamber was, unfortunately, poorly attended by our Dáil representatives, about seven in all. It was quite shocking to witness an opposition member reading from a prepared script to a disinterested group of six public representatives who were studying their phones or talking to each other. When the opposition T.D. took his seat the government representative stood up and read his prepared script, by way of response, again nobody appeared to be listening to what he had to say.
The tour of the Dáil buildings was very interesting and there is a palpable feeling of the history that envelops the building, one could almost feel the presence of the unfortunate Lord Edward Fitzgerald whose spirit is said to walk the corridors.
Our visit to the Seanad was an altogether different experience. This chamber was chock a block with Seanadóirí and there was great excitement as they went about their business. They were actually animated and engaged by whatever bill they were discussing.
The group then visited The National Museum of Ireland to marvel at the wonderful artefacts that bear witness to our heritage and culture going back more than five thousand years. A good day was had by all.