Farce in Dáil as Ceann Comhairle protects Coughlan

enby

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Fair dues to Kirk doing his duty to the party of which he was so recently Chairman. This morning's carry on was nothing short of a disgrace. Kenny, Gilmore and O Caoileáin all opposed the Order of Business with Kirk interrupting them over and over. Then he calls a vote without requiring Coughlan to reply on behalf of the Govt.

No wonder so many people have lost all faith in politics if any attempt to hold the Govt to account in the Dáil is thwarted by the CC
 


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disgrace, now there trying to silence the oposition, its getting more like N.Korea by the day, get this shower of fat overfed fools out, I HATE COWEN THE CLOWEN
 

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It seems that 33 members didn't vote in last division in one of the most pivotal days in recent history. Allowing for 5 ministers (and their 5 pairs) being abroad begging for money, that means that 23 members couldn't be arsed to turn up and do what they are paid for.

They really are their own worst enemies.
 

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And we are surprised?
 

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Maybe some of them have hangovers ?
 

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On a Day of Infamy, our Taoiseach couldn't be (Magic) ar$ed to turn up.
The Ceann Comhairle should have taken a leaf out of Patrick Honohan's book, shown his independence, and for once agreed to suspend standing orders to discuss a matter of urgent national importance, the end of our economic independence.
 

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I'm not sure I see the problem with Coughlan keeping quiet. Considering her track record, that's probably the smartest thing to do.
 

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It seems that 33 members didn't vote in last division in one of the most pivotal days in recent history. Allowing for 5 ministers (and their 5 pairs) being abroad begging for money, that means that 23 members couldn't be arsed to turn up and do what they are paid for.

Too busy pressing the flesh up in Donegal SW in an attempt to get 'their' man elected?


That's democracy for you - Irish style. :roll:
 

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I see that after a rigorous 80 minutes (punctuated by a couple of 15 minute votes) in the chair this morning, the CC has now done a runner leaving Howlin in charge of the debate.
 

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Good to see that the Dáil has adjourned to next Tuesday at 2.30pm. The State is literally facing its greatest crisis and our Legislature decides that it will not sit today, Friday, over the weekend, Monday and Tuesday morning. Of course our Taoiseach chose not to turn up yesterday because it was a Thursday, so he will escape any sembleance of democratic accountability for almost a week.

Is it any wonder that there is such deep rooted public cynicism about our political system?
 

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Good to see that the Dáil has adjourned to next Tuesday at 2.30pm. The State is literally facing its greatest crisis and our Legislature decides that it will not sit today, Friday, over the weekend, Monday and Tuesday morning. Of course our Taoiseach chose not to turn up yesterday because it was a Thursday, so he will escape any sembleance of democratic accountability for almost a week.

Is it any wonder that there is such deep rooted public cynicism about our political system?
Strategic move on the part of FF. If the Dáil was in session some cheeky fellow may call a confidence motion on the government with the IMF in town. There is also that little matter of the by-election in Donegal. FF don't want or need any more bad publicity at this point.
 

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Fair dues to Kirk doing his duty to the party of which he was so recently Chairman. This morning's carry on was nothing short of a disgrace. Kenny, Gilmore and O Caoileáin all opposed the Order of Business with Kirk interrupting them over and over. Then he calls a vote without requiring Coughlan to reply on behalf of the Govt.

No wonder so many people have lost all faith in politics if any attempt to hold the Govt to account in the Dáil is thwarted by the CC
In fairness, the Ceann Comhairle was doing his job. The Dail is supposed to work through its Order of Business, not get side-tracked.

I presume the vote you refer to showed a majority in favour of the Order of Business?
 


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