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Brawl in the Dáil - the day Oliver J got his comeuppance

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Political fisty-cuffs: Independent TD Oliver J. Flanagan and former Fianna Fáil deputy John (Jack) Flynn were involved in a punch-up in the Dáil restaurant.

Political fisty-cuffs: Independent TD Oliver J. Flanagan and former Fianna Fáil deputy John (Jack) Flynn were involved in a punch-up in the Dáil restaurant.

Political fisty-cuffs: Independent TD Oliver J. Flanagan and former Fianna Fáil deputy John (Jack) Flynn were involved in a punch-up in the Dáil restaurant.

This is an exclusive extract from their new book 'A Century of Politics in the Kingdom - A County Kerry Compendium', in which authors Owen O'Shea and Gordon Revington recount a controversial episode when a TD was assaulted by a colleague alleged to have had a scandalous relationship with a young woman.

Seán Lemass rose to his feet in Dáil Éireann to present TDs with details of the Order of Business. It was January 31, 1952. The then Tánaiste outlined the various pieces of legislation to be debated that day as well as a proposal that the House would not sit the following week. A number of deputies rose to oppose the Order of Business, among them the Fine Gael leader, General Richard Mulcahy, and the leader of Clann na Poblachta, Seán MacBride. Several others asked about various bills which were before the House. The Independent TD for Dublin South East, Dr Noel Browne - who less than a year earlier had resigned as minister for health over the controversial Mother and Child Scheme - was called to speak by the Leas Cheann Comhairle, Cormac Breslin.


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