Wednesday 21 February 2018

'I'm leaving anyway' - Bizarre scenes as Mary Lou McDonald approaches Taoiseach's bench following row

Mary Lou McDonald approaching the bench during priority questions Photo: Screengrab from Oireachtas TV
Mary Lou McDonald approaching the bench during priority questions Photo: Screengrab from Oireachtas TV

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

THERE were bizarre scenes in the Dáil as Sinn Fein’s deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald was told to leave after a series of pointed exchanges with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

For the second day in a row, Mr Varadkar attacked Ms McDonald and her party over its style of politics.

“Is it any small wonder the people of Northern Ireland do not have an executive or an assembly because this is the attitude of Sinn Féin,” Mr Varadkar said in response to repeated shouts from Ms McDonald.

“Constantly hectoring, smart alec remarks, lack of temperance, lack of respect for other people, inability to listen to them and inability to compromise,” he added.

Bizarre scenes then followed after Mr Varadkar joked that Ms McDonald, a TD for Dublin Central, was “very cranky”.

She then left her seat and headed towards the chamber door before stopping in front of the Taoiseach to continue the row.

The move prompted the Dáil chairperson, Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell, to request that Ms McDonald leave the chamber.

“Deputy, this is very, very unusual,” Mr Farrell said.

“You are disturbing the house please leave,” he added.

Ms McDonald replied: “I’m leaving anyway.”

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