Ceann Comhairle abuses Dail privilege?

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett became very angry with Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty when he made allegations about the new Secretary General at the Department of Finance, Mr. John Moran (RTE News).

Will you resume your seat or you’ll be taking a walk. Will you please resume your seat? You’re not making allegations in this house, leave the house deputy.

You’re not making allegations in this house?

I was always under the impression that Dail privilege was extended to politicians precisely so that they could raise issues and make allegations in the public interest without having to worry about being hauled into a court of law.

2 thoughts on “Ceann Comhairle abuses Dail privilege?”

  1. I think that privilege only extends to making allegations about other politicians who can defend themselves in the House. I could be wrong.

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