The right stuff for Ceann Comhairle?

Julius wonders something I have wondered myself about the temperament of the new Ceann Comhairle in the Dail…

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  • Cruimh

    ever the pedant – shouldn’t that be “Julius wondered” ? It was after all a month ago! 😉

  • CTN

    O’Donoghue- Balloon

  • Cruimh

    I don’t know a lot about him CTN – but I haven’t seen any further reports of trouble since he put his foot down. Of course he gets brownie points (sorry gerry) for turfing that shinner out !

  • circles

    Is this a man not ball kinda thread – cos its hard to post otherwise. O’Donoghue is an embarassment.

  • hib

    Agreed circles, its hard not to comment on this buffoon without getting a little sardonic

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    Here’s a suggestion. Try for something substantial and illuminating. Somehow ‘balloon’, ’embarrassment’, ‘buffoon’ just don’t do it for me.

  • CTN

    Tongue in cheek lads c’mon now

  • Kevin Binchy

    O’Donoghue was quite justified in taming convicted terrorist Morgan (Is that even an Irish name and his fellow Louth TD did suggest Morgan was MI5). Fine Gael, lacking policies, have to engage in this sort of codology. At the tax payers’ expense. The Bull is good for putting manners on these upstarts.

  • CTN

    Certainly no fan of most of his friends Kevin but that remark is out of order, whether someone else instigated the slur or not…

  • peter

    Neither am I CTN and whether or not Kevin believes it that kinda stuff shouldn’t be repeated!

  • circles

    Maybe ‘balloon’, ‘embarrassment’, and ‘buffoon’ don’t do it for you Admin but there is an accuracy in those phrase that 4 paragraphs of pseudo analysis and punditry won’t replace.
    I stare at my belly button as much as the next sluggerite – but spades are still spades.

  • CTN

    Based on what we saw on You tube he made a show not just out of himself but the body politic as he is specifically chosen to represent the state in that role.

    The length and cathartic nature of his rant made the Dail look like a scene from the Quiet Man.

    I know were poking fun a bit and are kicking him when he is down but in all seriousness if he isn’t brought to his senses the image of Ireland will suffer.

    This really was pigs in the parlour stuff and if a few snipes prevent it from happening again- fair enough….

  • peter

    Cru- are you sure Gerry’s upset with him- I think he likes the idea of someone in there making Dumbo Snodaigh look good!

  • O’Donoghue is a fool but I despise Kenny for telling any Ceann Comhairle to be quiet.

    The Dail has been appallingly served by the previous two CCs in my view and O’Donoghue is not an encouraging incumbent.