Independent Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath says he wasn't annoyed after he was caught out by 5 T.D.'s who made a hoax call to him from the Dail bar on the night before the budget.
Deputy McGrath was coming to the end of a long sit-in at a Friends First office – on behalf of a farmer whose machinery the financial institution was threatening to repossess.
He received a call from a man with a foreign accent, who claimed to be a pizzeria owner – and wanted to offer him free food in solidarity with the protest.
Deputy McGrath accepted the offer, but the pizza never arrived.
He says while members of the public were annoyed by the pre-budget prank, he took it in good spirits.