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Written by Nora Samworth   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 22:03

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that concerted actions by certain members of the Dail Techinal Group which lead to the suspension of the house earlier today will refelect extremely poorly on the integrity of the Group in the eyes of the public.

Deputy McGrath was commenting after Dail proceedings had to be suspended due to row over the Ceann Comhairle offering speaking time to the Reform Alliance. 

It began when the Techinal Group's whip Catherine Murphy complained about a letter which stated that Sean Barret said that he was prepared to allocate speaking time to Reform Alliance TDs if they were not included in speaking slots by the Technical Group. 

Mr Barret said that he had the right to do this under standing order rules.

However Deputy Murphy and Technical Group member John Halligan accused Ceann Comhairle of interfering with the rules of the technical group.

After a subsequent row Tds subsequently voted to suspend Ms Murphy, Mr Halligan and Deputy Thomas Pringle.

Debate in the Dail was eventually suspended for the rest of the day just after 2.30 this afternoon.

Commenting afterwards Deputy McGrath said that the deputies involved wanted to, in his words, look like rebels for democracy but ended up looking like babies whose toys had been thrown out of their pram.

He went on to question whether it is any wonder that "people are losing faith in the Dail to carry out an honest day's work without juvenile histrionics being the order of the day".



Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 October 2014 22:13 )
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Written by Nora Samworth   
Friday, 17 October 2014 15:51

A weather alert issued by Met Eireann has prompted gardaí locally to appeal to people to exercise extreme caution when driving. 

Rainfall of between 60 to 90 millimetres is expected for coastal and mountainous areas tonight and through the weekend.

Strong winds are also forecast.

As a result there may be some spot flooding on roads tonight. 

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Written by Nora Samworth   
Friday, 17 October 2014 15:43

Tipperary town gardaí are continuing in their appeal for witnesses to yesterday's fatal crash to come forward. The crash, which claimed the lives of two people occured just after 7o'c yesterday morning at Limerick Junction. Meanwhile the victims of the crash have been named locally as Mary O'Donnell aged 43 and John Ryan aged 80. Ms O'Donnell lived in Barronstown and was originally from Golden, while Mr Ryan lived nearby in Monard. Tipperary town gardaí can be contacted on 062 80670.

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 October 2014 22:09 )
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