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'You're usually a bit more pleasant': Joan and Mary Lou clashed AGAIN today

A brief but telling exchange during the Order of Business this afternoon.

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DÁIL PROCEEDINGS CAN get particularly feisty of a Thursday when the country’s two leading female politicians clash.

Over the last year or so there have been some particularly robustentertaining and newsworthy exchanges between Tánaiste Joan Burton and Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald.

The pair resumed their on-off feud this afternoon during the Order of Business.

McDonald posed a series of questions to Burton, the last of which was about taking unpaid water charges from people’s wages, welfare or pensions and when legislation giving effect to that can be expected.

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Burton said that the issue had been made clear to McDonald on “quite a significant number of occasions”.

McDonald hit back across the floor with remarks we didn’t quite catch, but that concluded with: “I’m just giving you that by way of a pointer”.

That prompted Burton to respond:

It feels at times like maybe you got out of the wrong side of the bed today, because I know sometimes, you know, you’re a bit tough, but usually a little bit more pleasant.

Mary Lou’s look said it all…

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Mary Lou: I’ll take on Joan Burton any time, any place

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