Rats present in ceiling of Leinster Home as rodents run rampant by means of the Dail

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Rats have infested the dail and have even been found in the blankets as they run rampant through Leinster House.

Dead rats were also discovered in rooms on the same day, including behind a radiator cover in a senator’s office and under the floor of a kitchenette.

And another time, rat droppings were found in the ladies’ rooms of the Dail, but the offending rodent was not found on that occasion.

The situation got so bad in July 2018 that professional pest control experts warned that “any further rat activity” would pose a serious “health risk to staff” if proper hygiene measures were not taken.

A year later, in May 2019, rats could still be seen in the bar at Leinster House, where they “ate chocolate bars”.

They pulled them out of boxes on the lower shelves and pulled them “behind running boards” where they could feast in peace.

The prissy discoveries have surfaced in reports from Dublin Live which show the cost of rat trapping and pest control at Leinster House has risen to over € 100,000 in the past two years.

A recent incident with rodents in the dail bar in July 2019 highlighted a real problem which, according to our numbers, was just the tip of the iceberg for what was going on behind the scenes.

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Pest control fees have risen from an average of EUR 5,000 per year through 2018, before doubling to just under EUR 10,000 this year to almost EUR 20,000 in 2019 and to a whopping EUR 75,000 last year.

During a site visit in March 2018, the pied piper found two rats in his traps in “ceiling voids”, including one outside a “tea station”.

The March 3 report said, “A thorough inspection was carried out today and two rats were caught in traps in the gap in the ceiling, and a bait trap was also found in the gap in the ceiling.

“Both rats were removed for disposal and the traps were reset and the bait was refilled on all monitors.”

Two days later, another visit found another dead rat in the same blanket, this time a “juvenile” one.

The ladies toilet rat incident occurred in April 2018.

The pest control expert’s report that day, April 25th, reads: “A reference was made today to a report of rat activity in the ladies’ rooms near the entrance to the colonnade.

“A thorough inspection was carried out and little juvenile rat droppings were found in the inspection hatch and it smelled of something dead.

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“Looking for the dead rodent and not found.

“Additional traps have been set in the women’s and men’s toilets to monitor and control other activities.”

The rats problem at Leinster House became very public in July 2019 when rats in the bar caused the country’s most famous watering hole to close.

Multiple sightings of the furry intruder over two days – both in the private bar for politicians and in the public bar for ordinary punters – resulted in the house bars being closed until further notice because the rat (s) had escaped capture.

One complaint was taken very seriously and the Irish Food Safety Authority (FSAI) was involved.

A spokesman for the agency said at the time: “The FSAI now states that all food business operators are subjected to a risk-based assessment.

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“In addition, normal procedures would be followed on foot of a complaint to the HSE or the FSAI, which would include an environmental health officer inspecting the food rooms to verify compliance.”

The two Dáil bars were closed for almost a week after the outbreak.

The reports we received show that rat holes were discovered by emergency exit doors outside of LH2000, the new building of mostly TDs offices that were attached to the “old” Leinster house that same month.

And it was the same thing that the rat was discovered in Senator Michael McDowell’s room and in a kitchenette.