Sunday 22 October 2017

Dog days in the Dáil as Ruth causes uproar in chamber

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger
Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger
Paul Kehoe TD
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

Who let the dogs out? One minute, the Dáil chamber was humming along with its usual level of disgruntled point-scoring and sporadic heckling, and the next it was hopping with howling, baying TDs crying havoc.

Chief Whip Paul Kehoe was practically elevating off the floor in rage, barking at the Leas Ceann Comhairle Michael Kitt and demanding that the deputy across on the other side withdraw her "scurrilous remarks".

It had been quite a fractious Leaders' Questions from the start. Mary Lou McDonald excoriated the Tánaiste over the arrests in the Jobstown area pertaining to last November's protest.

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