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Ceann Comhairle defends his decision to block garda motion


Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barrett.

Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barrett.

Ceann Comhairle, Sean Barrett.

The Chairman of the Dáil has rejected criticism of his decision to rule out of order a debate on claims of garda malpractice.

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett said his decision to block a debate on a motion proposing a commission of investigation into such claims was reached in a "fair, impartial and objective manner".

The decision to rule the debate out of order prompted a walkout from the Dáil on Wednesday by the Opposition.

The commission itself is due to investigate allegations of malpractice in the region which were highlighted by the controversial Guerin report.

But Mr Barrett's move to block the debate, done for legal reasons, was strongly by the Opposition.

While Environment Minister Alan Kelly also questioned the decision at last night's Labour parliamentary party meeting, Tánaiste Joan Burton said the "unique position" of the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett must be respected.

Irish Independent