Tuesday 24 January 2017

Stalemate as parties vie for €35k Dáil job

Published 03/06/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fáil's Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher received the most votes of the four nominees – but was still opposed by a majority of the House (Picture: Tom Burke)
Fianna Fáil's Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher received the most votes of the four nominees – but was still opposed by a majority of the House (Picture: Tom Burke)

The main political parties are to rethink their approach to securing the €35,000-a-year post of Leas-Cheann Comhairle after more than an hour of voting resulted in a Dáil stalemate.

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Fianna Fáil's Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher received the most votes of the four nominees - but was still opposed by a majority of the House.

Mr Gallagher got 52 votes after his party did a deal with Labour.

It is understood Fianna Fáil senators will support Labour's Denis Landy for the same position in the new Seanad.

Fine Gael nominated Bernard Durkan, who received 49 votes. Sinn Féin's Sean Crowe got 33 and Independent Mattie McGrath got support from 20 TDs.

Irish Independent

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