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'Resume your seat or else you'll be taking a walk': Fine Gael TD kicked out of the Dáil

Brendan Griffin was formally ejected from the Dáil chamber this afternoon after getting into a row with the Ceann Comhairle.


FINE GAEL TD Brendan Griffin has been ejected from the Dáil chamber this afternoon after a row with the Ceann Comhairle over attempts to raise the possibility of expanding the remit of the Order of Business.

The Kerry South deputy was speaking during today’s Order of Business when he asked if the Taoiseach would consider “broadening the remit” so as that TDs could use it to “raise issues of regional or local importance”.

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At present, the Order of Business is held every day the Dáil sits for the purposes of outlining the house’s agenda for the day and to allow TDs to ask about promised legislation.

But Seán Barrett took exception to this saying it was not a fair question and that “you can’t use the Order of Business for a chat”.

He ordered Griffin to resume his seat “or else you’ll be taking a walk” before asking the Taoiseach to formally propose that his own party member be ejected.

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As he put the question that Griffin should be ejected from the chamber, Griffin relented and withdrew form the chamber, saying: “I’ll leave myself Ceann Comhairle, under protest.”

To which Barrett responded rather sarcastically: “Thanks very much, that’s very kind of you, very considerate. Jesus, I’ve heard it all now.”

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