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07.12.133:30 PM ET

Irish Politician Puts Female Colleague on His Lap

In a heated Parliament debate on abortion.

While the Irish Parliament debated the legality of abortions in cases that threaten the mother's life, one policymaker decided to pull another colleague in the room onto his lap. Politician Tom Barry grabbed Áine Collins (both of the Fine Gael Party) and pulled her to a seated position on top of him, as clearly seen in the video. Barry said the act was “horseplay” originally, but then issued an apology saying it was “disrespectful and inappropriate.” RH Reality Check remarks this act “demonstrated why many say Irish politics is still not a friendly environment for women.”


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