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# ructions
"You won't say quiet to me, sir": Check out this 2007 clip of Enda clashing with a furious Ceann Comhairle
“Quiet now, you’re new in the job,” was the advice from Enda, setting off a reaction of Bishop Brennan-style proportions from John O’Donoghue.

IT’S NOT AN easy job, being Ceann Comhairle — as the current holder of the role, Seán Barrett, would no doubt attest. 

For instance, how many times have you switched on the radio to hear a news report start with the remark “there were ructions in the Dáil…”?

Someone has to take control when those ructions break out.

And back in 2007, former Justice Minister John O’Donoghue was that soldier… Newly installed in the role following that year’s General Election.

As a youthful Brian Dobson* explains in the clip below — the Kerry TD had to suspend the Dáil “after a series of extraordinary rows”.

The main culprit, raising O’Donoghue’s ire? A certain Enda Kenny.

“Quiet now, you’re new in the job,” was the Fine Gael leader’s advice… A red rag to a bull, it turned out – leading to a “torrid” afternoon…

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*Just kidding Brian… Obviously, you look exactly the same.

Read: Check out this Dáil row between Charlie Haughey, Dick Spring and John Bruton in 1991

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