Eamon Ryan 'deeply regrets' falling asleep during Dáil vote on workers' rights

Mr Ryan appeared to be asleep when a vote was called on legislation relating to lower-paid jobs. File photograph

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has said he "deeply regrets" falling asleep during a Dail vote on Thursday.

Mr Ryan had appeared to be asleep when a vote was called on legislation relating to lower-paid jobs.

The clerk of the Dáil called Mr Ryan, the Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport, twice but both times he did not respond.

He was woken up by the Fianna Fáil TD and newly appointed chief whip Jack Chambers.

Other deputies can be heard laughing as Mr Chambers called to Mr Ryan to wake up.

Speaking to RTÉ's This Week, Mr Ryan said: "It was a moment of human frailty, but that’s something I regret. You have to make sure that you continue and actually make sure you learn from such mistakes and stay alert every time, and I will be doing that."

The Green leader acknowledged that "it may well" hurt his chances in the upcoming Green Party leadership election, the result of which will be made public on Wednesday.

Mr Ryan was caught sleeping during a private members' motion brought by the Social Democrats which sought to strengthen the rights of workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Ryan voted against the motion which was opposed by the Government and defeated.