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Saturday 21 April 2018

Ceann Comhairle Barrett now faces three-prong threat

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett,
Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett,
John Drennan

John Drennan

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett is facing a three-pronged attack by the Opposition which will put his ongoing tenure in the post in serious jeopardy next week.

In a significant development, the Opposition leader Micheal Martin has warned Mr Barrett that, ‘‘The Ceann Comhairle is not like a minister, they need the consent of the Opposition rather than the Government to remain in office’’.

The only previous Ceann Comhairle to resign was Fianna Fail’s John O’Donoghue, who departed from office after the then opposition of Fine Gael and Labour declared they had no confidence in him.

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