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.