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LAST NIGHT WAS momentous enough in Leinster House but before the debate on the legislation to liquidate the former Anglo Irish Bank even got under way there was controversy.
The debate was supposed to start at 10.30pm but was postponed until 11pm to give Finance Minister Michael Noonan a chance to brief opposition spokespersons.
When the Dáil returned at 11pm there was further unhappiness with the brief time given to reading the bill before debating it until the Taoiseach said there could be an adjournment until 11.45pm but still the opposition weren’t happy.
Selected quotes include Enda Kenny saying “I’m here all night” before pointing, school teacher-like, at each party leader asking them if they would agree to adjourning until midnight.
Unfortunately Gerry Adams did not agree and went on to say to the Ceann Comhairle: ”Could I honourably suggest that if you want some order from the government TDs then perhaps you should close the Dáil bar. That may be a useful way to get some order here.”
Of course, then all hell broke loose.