Friday 9 December 2016

Tanaiste takes swipe at socialist TDs following misogyny row

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 14/05/2015 | 17:12

Tánaiste Joan Burton
Tánaiste Joan Burton

Tanaiste Joan Burton has taken a swipe at two prominent Socialist TDs following allegations of misogyny in the Dail.

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The Labour Party leader brought up her experience in Jobstown last November which saw her and her special adviser being trapped in her car for a number of hours.

Anti-Austerity alliance TD Paul Murphy was one of a number of protesters arrested in connection with the incident. He was released without charge after questioning. The matter is being examined by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Mr Murphy and his party colleague Ruth Coppinger have regularly clashed with Ms Burton during Dail exchanges since the Jobstown incident.

Read more: TD accuses Ceann Comhairle of 'misogyny' following Dail row

This week, both TDs complained about their treatment in the Dail by other deputies. And Ms Coppinger went as far as to accuse Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett of "misogyny", claiming that he was guilty of consistently interjecting when she has the floor.

A spokesperson for Mr Barrett said he had "no comment" in response to the claim.

 But asked about Ms Coppinger's allegation of misogyny, Tanaiste Joan Burton today instead took a swipe at Mr Murphy.

"I had a long look at Paul Murphy from the back of a car for a protracted number of hours so if you want to have a conversation about misogyny it cuts every which way," she said.

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