Wednesday 26 October 2016

Dail delayed for 40 minutes this morning... because of TD no-shows

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 08/07/2016 | 13:06

The Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty Photo: Tom Burke
The Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty Photo: Tom Burke

THE Dail was delayed for 40 minutes this morning because TDs failed to show.

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In a bizarre turn of events, the quorum required for a debate on the IBRC inquiry was not reached.

Under Dail rules, 20 TDs are required to be present before proceedings can begin.

Fianna Fáil had 10 deputies present - more than half the quorum - but just three Government TDs were in the chamber.

Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail described the situation as “unprecedented”.

“We have had a pretty unprecedented event this morning given the failure to present a quorum at the appropriate time. I think some people need to be aware of the responsibilities they have in order to be here in the chamber when legislation is to be discussed and debated.”

Chief Whip Regina Doherty is facing questions as to why she was not present. As the delay continued, the Meath East TD was on her local radio station LMFM discussing the future of Enda Kenny.

Former Tánaiste has called on Ms Doherty to apologise.

“I do think an apology is due. One of the most abused words in recent time is “new politics” and this morning is an absolute example of new politics at its worst.”

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