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In pictures: Christmas tree lights turned on at Leinster House

It’s December so things are officially allowed to get Christmassy – so here’s a slideshow of politicians having some fun and turning on the Christmas lights at Leinster House this afternoon.
Dec 1st 2011, 6:20 PM 3,548 33

It’s been a tough few weeks for the government as they’ve battled with seemingly endless leaks of the upcoming austerity Budget.

However it hasn’t all been doom and gloom – today, some of the most senior politicians in the country got to do one of the (few) fun things about their job: turning on the Christmas tree lights outside Leinster House.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett enthusiastically took part in a carol service outside parliament this afternoon along with members of the Oireachtas choir.

Check out our slideshow of highlights of today’s ceremony. Looks like someone had a lot of fun at it:

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Christine Bohan

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