Friday 26 May 2017

Dáil row over Leas Ceann Comhairle job

Michael Healy-Rae was involved in angry scenes in the Dáil Photo: Tom Burke
Michael Healy-Rae was involved in angry scenes in the Dáil Photo: Tom Burke
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A furious row erupted in the Dáil amid claims Fine Gael bent the rules after missing the deadline to nominate a candidate for Leas Ceann Comhairle, which has the same salary as a junior minister.

Amid angry scenes, Independent TD for Kerry Michael Healy-Rae slammed his fist in fury and accused the Government of "disgraceful" behaviour.

"This is a dirty start to the Government's work," Mr Healy-Rae said.

"The people of Ireland will not forgive you for this," he added.

The row over the Leas Ceann Comhairle position stems from the failure of Fine Gael to meet a deadline for nominations last Friday.

Fianna Fáil nominated Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher, Sinn Féin put forward Sean Crowe and Independent TD Mattie McGrath was also nominated.

However, after the deadline passed, it emerged Fine Gael submitted no candidate.

Irish Independent

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