Gerry Adams mocked in Parliament for thinking wine costs £25

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams was mocked in Parliament yesterday after declaring to the Irish house that a bottle of wine costs €30 (£26.79).

Gerry Adams was mocked for his expensive tastes (Image: Sín Feinn/Flickr)

The controversial politician was ridiculed in the Dail during a debate on pension cuts in Leader’s Questions on Thursday.

Adams was demanding that the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar reverse a change to the State pension, which has resulted in 35,000 people receiving reduced payments.

Speaking to the house, Adams asked: “Do you accept that these people are entitled to full pensions?”

“I mean, €30 is a bottle of wine…” he added, according to the Irish Times.

In fact, the a mid-range bottle of wine in Ireland can cost anywhere between €8 and €14 (£7-£25), with the average bottle sitting at around €10 (£8.93), according to Nuembo, a user-generated database collating the cost of living around the world.

It only took moments for the dust to settle, before members of parliament began to jeer the Sinn Féin chief. Speaker Seán Ó Fearghaíl struggled to control the uproar from fellow members, who were heard shouting back to ask where Adams been shopping.

Irish members of Parliament and onlookers on social media took exception to Adams’ claim, suggesting the party leader’s tastes were rather more expensive than the average parliamentarian.

Others, meanwhile, took pains to prove that Adams was on to something, at least when it came to Châteauneuf du-Pape.

4 Responses to “Gerry Adams mocked in Parliament for thinking wine costs £25”

  1. Charles Crawfurd says:

    I am no fan of Adams but £25 for a bottle of wine in a restaurant is not that exceptional surely?

  2. Dave Theyers says:

    I don’t think it matters where in the world you are, I am from New Zealand. A bottle of wine purchased in a supermarket for about $NZ16 (£6- 8) could be $35 – 40 in a restaurant. So if Mr Adams goes out to restaurants often then he is probably right. Perhaps he needs to do the grocery shopping.

  3. David Beattie says:

    Surely this was – given the timing – a jibe at the Taoiseach for being found to have expensed 71 bottles of wine at €30?

  4. George Potter says:

    One thing is to be a “working???” politician – excellent salary plus, while it is another thing entirely to be a pensioner receiving far less and having had to work far more
    years than Adams and company.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Executive

Elixir Distillers
Home or Office based with International Travel, UK

London Sales Account Manager

Negociants UK Ltd
London, UK

Awards Wine Checker

Paddock Wood, Kent, GB

Customer Service Advisor

Amathus Drinks
Park Royal, London, UK

Sales Manager

James Eadie Ltd
London, UK

Wine Ambassador Role

Ramón Bilbao UK
London, UK

Fine Wine Logistics Coordinator

IG Wines
London, UK

Sales Manager

Top Selection
London, UK

Assistant Retail Manager

The Whisky Exchange
London, UK

Marketing Manager

Ellis Wines
Hanworth, Middx, GB

The Global Spirits Masters Lunch

London,United Kingdom
1st Dec 2017

International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show

London,United Kingdom
26th Feb 2018
Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more