Dail Watchdog To Investigate Alleged Verbal Abuse

A Dail watchdog is expected to investigate an incident involving Independent TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan and Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett.

Witnesses are alleged to have seen Mr Flanagan verbally abused Mr Barrett and called him a disgrace.

The incident follows a dispute over the passing of legislation in the Dail without a vote. TDs and senators who witnessed the incident said Mr Flanagan followed Mr Barrett and criticised his decision.

Government chief whip Paul Kehoe has written to a Dail watchdog committee, asking it to look into the incident and take action.

The incident happened just after 10:30pm on Wednesday. Mr Barrett was chairing the end of the Dail debate on the Personal Insolvency Bill.

When the debate was finished, he asked TDs if it was agreed the Bill had passed the second stage.

The TDs in the Chamber replied: "Agreed." Nobody objected so Mr Barrett declared it was passed.

Then a number of Independent TDs complained but Mr Barrett said the Bill was passed.

Shortly afterwards, Mr Flanagan and a number of other Independents were outside in the corridor when Mr Barrett passed.

The Ceann Comhairle was followed, being verbally harangued. Mr Barrett was said to be visibly shaken by the incident.


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