A member of the Irish Parliament apologized for pulling a female colleague onto his lap in the middle of an upper house debate on a landmark abortion bill. TD Tom Barry was caught on video pulling TD Aine Collins onto his lap in a “bit of horseplay”
“I went to the Dail bar but I wasn’t drinking excessively,” Barry told the Irish Independent. “There was nothing pre-meditated, it was stupid, it was disrespectful.”
Irish media has taken to calling the incident “lap-gate.” It occurred during a debate on abortion bill that would allow women to terminate a pregnancy in the event that it threatened their health.
“I consider Aine Collins a good friend, I have apologised and she has accepted my apology,” he added.
The father of three said his wife wasn’t thrilled about it.
“I spoke to my wife this morning and all she said to me was: ‘You big eejit.’ I feel so embarrassed over this,” he continued. “I feel very upset that it is being described as that [sexist]. I didn’t intend to offend anyone and I can’t offer any excuse other than to put it down to stupidity, naivety and inexperience.”