'I'm leaving anyway,' says Mary Lou McDonald as she is told to go after Dáil row with Taoiseach

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has been told to leave the Dáil chamber following a fresh clash with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Mr Varadkar called Ms McDonald "cranky", she in turn told the Taoiseach he was "facile" in their third fight in two days.

It started yesterday over scripted questions, when the Taoiseach said: "Deputy McDonald reminds me more and more of Marine Le Pen, because she always goes back to her script."

It continued into Leaders Questions today, with Mr Varadkar telling Ms McDonald: "I’m laughing at you not the issue," while Ms McDonald replied: "I find you facile and dismissive".

Before she was thrown out she walked across the chamber and approached the Taoiseach’s chair while scolding him.

The Dáil chairperson, Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell, intervened saying: "Deputy, this is very, very unusual. You are disturbing the house please leave."

The last words from Deputy McDonald were "I’m leaving anyway".


More in this Section

Deportation order for Nigerian man gave 'cause for offence' to fathers, says judge in overturning itDeportation order for Nigerian man gave 'cause for offence' to fathers, says judge in overturning it

The European Commission has officially approved Ireland’s controversial National Broadband PlanThe European Commission has officially approved Ireland’s controversial National Broadband Plan

Chief Superintendent 'very upset' bullying claim made against him by whistleblowerChief Superintendent 'very upset' bullying claim made against him by whistleblower

Traveller organisation urge politicians to learn from senator's offensive online remarksTraveller organisation urge politicians to learn from senator's offensive online remarks


Lifestyle

Kate Tempest’s Vicar Street show began with the mother of all selfie moments. The 33 year-old poet and rapper disapproves of mid-concert photography and instructed the audience to get their snap-happy impulses out of the way at the outset. What was to follow would, she promised, be intense. We should give ourselves to the here and now and leave our phones in our pockets.Kate Tempest dives deep and dark in Dublin gig

Des O'Sullivan examines the lots up for auction in Bray.A Week in Antiques: Dirty tricks and past political campaigns

All your food news.The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

More From The Irish Examiner