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Class acts out as the maths on ministerial pay reduction fails to add up

Senan Molony


   

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin traded verbal blows with Sinn Fein. Photo: Collins

Taoiseach Micheal Martin traded verbal blows with Sinn Fein. Photo: Collins

Taoiseach Micheal Martin traded verbal blows with Sinn Fein. Photo: Collins

The messing is back - as if cheeky little minds had never been away. Spitballs were being gobbed into readiness and flung across the Dáil chamber at Leaders' Questions. They'd want an education, some of these pups - but the Taoiseach is no better. He deliberately provoked a schoolyard scrap with Pearse Doherty.

It came after everyone recognised that the Government's sums on ministerial pay reductions didn't add up to what was originally claimed - leading to more humiliating surrenders yesterday, this time of superjunior pay hikes (but even then there were strings attached).

It was like a child putting 50c ostentatiously into the classroom Trócaire box - and then upending it at break time to try to fish some of the coins back out with the end of a ruler.