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Irish lawmaker pulls female colleague onto lap during abortion debate

An Irish lawmaker who came under fire for pulling friend and fellow MP, Aine Collins, onto his lap during a parliamentary session on abortion, maintains it was all just "horseplay."

Tom Barry, a married father of three, admitted he'd been to the pub prior to the incident on 11 July, but wasn't "drinking excessively." He also claims a lack of sleep and stress contributed to his lack of judgment.

The Irish Independent reported that the 44-year-old later apologized and was "mortified" by his actions, but was still "shocked" he was being labeled as sexist.

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