John O’Donoghue offers Fine Gael and Labour whips to go next week…

Alan Shatter has just told RTE’s Late Debate that the Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue has offered Fine Gael and Labour whips office to go next week… He is now following Sinn Fein’s call for JOD to resign… The detail of the expenses story is the killer… apparently… Detail brought to the wider world by Gavin and latterly Mark Coughlan and their good work at with follow-ups from… Is this Ireland’s first internet-driven political scalp?

UPDATE: JOD has issued a statement that he is going to go next week… Shatter saying he’s covering his options in case the Government falls next Tuesday… And further: By staying until next week he might avoid having to stand for re-election if the Greens pull out after their Convention on Nama on Saturday… Vincent Browne has his take up on


  • Drumlins Rock

    umm, whats happening on tuesday?

  • Only asking

    It looked to me like the greens were split among themselves on frontline last night, though I’ve heard no rte news today. This government could well fall, as for JOD – goodbye.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    It seems inconcievable that the government would not be on top of any excesses by public figures when they know they have to sell public expenditure and pay cuts to the Plain People of Ireland – add in the FAS pay-off malarkey and the Anglo Irish fiasco as from the Indy – “Finance Minister Brian Lenihan had not been told that former bank chief Sean FitzPatrick had stopped paying the interest on his €100m loan from Anglo Irish.” Leaving aside party politics – probably best to clear the decks and have a general election.

  • Drumlins Rock

    oh what a mess, it just seems to be getting deeper, listened to a wee bit about JOD on the radio, probably not as “bad” as the planning scandals and brown envelopes bunch, but sloppy and excessive spending is basically taken as a insult by the electorate, ie. look at me im some pup, and your paying for it.
    As for the southern government, possibly an almost complete clear out of TDs mite be needed to think afresh as in lots of areas its back to the drawing board.

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    Yes, but you’d be asking the Greens to hold a gun to their heads when the big thing at stake for them at the moment is the Reform package…

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  • Nordie Northsider

    I’m not sure that O’Donoghue should be so anxious about re-election to Dáil Éireann. What’s the betting that he stands again and tops the poll. ‘Wronged by jackeens’ in the manner of Beverly Cooper Flynn and Michael Lowry.
    By the way, is this the first time a Ceann Comhairle has had to resign?