Sinn Féin TD suspended from Dáil

UTV reports that Caoimhín O Caoláin has been suspended from the Dáil “after refusing to give Bertie Ahern proper speaking time.” The Cavan-Monaghan TD accused the Taoiseach of giving more priority to the concerns of those in the horse-racing and greyhound industry, than to those in the disability sector.

He was ordered out of the chamber after refusing to give Bertie Ahern proper speaking time.

More detail in report from Breaking News:
SF TD suspended from Dáil for interrupting Taoiseach

Mr O Caolain had been accusing the Taoiseach of giving more priority to the concerns of those in the horse-racing and greyhound industry than to those in the disability sector.

Mr Ahern countered that the TD was trying to make political gain by deliberately confusing the issues.

“It’s just as important that we look after the needs of people with disabilities as we look after the betting industry in this State. Shame is all I can say,” said Mr O Caolain.

Mr Ahern accused Mr O Caolain of “clinging on to some hope that he can get political gain by ranting on“.

“You’re entirely dishonest in this debate,” he added.

After loud exchanges between Mr O Caolain and the Government benches, the Ceann Comhairle warned the Sinn Féin TD.

He said: “You cannot come into this House, ask a question and then frustrate any member of the Government who wishes to answer the question.

“I’ll ask you to behave yourself. Sorry Deputy, if you open your mouth once more you’ll leave the House.”