Wednesday 17 January 2018

Sean gets hot under collar with shirty TDs

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett
Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett
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Perhaps it's just because the denizens of the Dail are nearing the end of what's been a surprisingly eventful political year, but the ringmaster of the Lower House circus – aka the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett – has been increasingly tetchy of late.

Sean has been embroiled in several set-tos in the chamber with members who won't simmer down. He got quite shirty with Gerry Adams among others on Tuesday, and ended the session with a plaintive appeal for them all to behave.

But members paid not a blind bit of heed, and there was more heckling 48 hours later during a debate on the Housing Bill, when Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte tangled with Sinn Fein's Jonathan O'Brien who was raising objections to the legislation.

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