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Hot air, heated debates and the Search for a Tsar

Starting a scrap at an hour of the day before most people have properly inhaled their first mug of tea is just plain uncivilised. But then the gang of shouty fundamentalists who represent the anti-abortion, anti-Lisbon group Coir have little truck with mannerly behaviour as a matter of principle.

Senator Paschal Donohoe, chairman of the cross-party talking-shop on how to solve the Lisbon dilemma, should've realised that his first guest speakers of the day, Coir's Richard Greene and Niamh Ui Bhroinn weren't planning on a lengthy and earnest debate on democracy when the pair never bothered to take off their coats.

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