Government left red-faced after failing to reach Dáil quorum
Published 09/07/2016 | 02:30
The Government was left red-faced after it failed to produce enough TDs to reach a quorum in the Dáil.
In a bizarre turn of events,a debate on the IBRC inquiry was delayed for 40 minutes.
Some 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 Seán Ó Fearghaíl described the situation as "unprecedented".
"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," he said.
Chief Whip Regina Doherty, whose job is to ensure enough TDs are present, was giving an interview to her local radio station at the time. She did not reply to calls last night.