Dail bully-boys threaten our democracy
Suppose I said that Michael Noonan, the Minister for Finance, was lying in the Dail last Tuesday. It wouldn't be true, but suppose I said it. Would I be in trouble? No – I'd simply withdraw the remark. "I withdraw the remark." No harm done. That's how it works in the Dail. You can say anything you like – then formally withdraw it and you're off the hook.