Saturday 16 December 2017

War of Leinster House Lilliputians no small matter

The spat between the 'Dear Leader' and the Ceann Comhairle could cause huge difficulties, writes John Drennan

COMMITMENT: Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett
COMMITMENT: Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett

NOT since the great fall of John O'Donoghue has a Ceann Comhairle made a more remarkable intervention on the floor of the Dail than Sean Barrett's angry defence of his reputation last week.

We should, given all those promises made after election 2011, be midway through our 'democratic revolution'. Instead, there was a hollow echo of the Haughey era surrounding the Ceann Comhairle's claim that, when it comes to appointing a successor to Kieran Coughlan, the Clerk of the Dail, people were "leaking stuff'' in an attempt to "blacken my good name''.

Barrett did not specify any individuals, but, seeing that the Ceann Comhairle is fighting with the Government, it doesn't take a genius to see to whom he might be referring.

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