Monday 22 January 2018

Lise Hand: Enda's barb was so old that it hobbled into the chamber on a Zimmer frame

RICHARD Boyd Barrett likes to voice his opinion at a volume level turned all the way up to eleven. In fairness to the deputy, he cut his political teeth by roaring into a succession of megaphones while up against all sorts of barricades or atop soapboxes at any number of protests, and sees no reason to simmer down just because he's now inside the Dail chamber hollering out, rather than vice versa.

And yesterday during Leaders' Questions in the Dail, the People Before Profit TD was loudly expressing his outrage over the fact that the Government weren't permitting an extended debate over various amendments it was proposing to the Property Tax Bill, such as exemptions for families living in pyrite homes.

The Dun Laoghaire deputy was in full cry, hounding the Taoiseach over what he proclaimed was "a deliberate attempt on your part to hide some of the more obnoxious features of this Bill, in particular ones which I don't think most people are aware of yet".

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