Friday 24 February 2017

Lise Hand: Mac Lochlainn lights the fuse, sits down and watches Dail explode into inaction

IT'S a busy time in the Dail. Lots to do before the Christmas holliers next week. Most importantly, the Social Welfare Bill has to be steered carefully to a vote. But for almost an hour yesterday, Dail business came to a halt due to Sinn Fein's Padraig Mac Loch- lainn (pictured) throwing all his toys out of the cot.

A humdrum Leader's Questions had just ambled over the finish line and deputies were settling in for the Order of Business, when at about 11.10am the Ceann Comhairle announced he had a bit of unfinished business to settle.

The day before, consternation had broken out in the chamber when People Before Profit's Joan Collins named people who allegedly had penalty points inappropriately struck off. A scandalised Alan Shatter rounded on her, accusing the Dublin South-Central TD of "outrageous behaviour".

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