The debate on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has heard a call for the closures of the bars in Leinster House.
The legislation includes minimum unit pricing, a ban on sports sponsorship and restrictions on off-license sales.
Michael Collins from the Rural Independent group said he agreed with the aim of the bill but said the measures go too far.
He believes politicians should instead be setting an example.
“We talk about road traffic and we talk about the Alcohol Bill, and we’ve two bars inside here,” he said.
“What kind of a message is that sending to the people of this country?
“What are we doing? We’re supposed to be in here doing our work. We don’t need Dáil bars. If you were serious about tackling the drink, start at home.”
Source: The Irish Examiner, 07/02/18