McDonald promises more Dáil disruption if sex-abuse 'slur' against SF is repeated

McDonald promises more Dáil disruption if sex-abuse 'slur' against SF is repeated

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald has warned the Government there will be more Dáil disruption if it continues to "slur" the party over child sex abuse allegations.

The Dáil was suspended three times yesterday after Joan Burton made comments about allegations within the Republican movement.

Sinn Féin deputies were infuriated when the Tánaiste said there was a history of paedophilia within the Republican movement.

The remarks provoked outcry from the Sinn Féin benches. The party has lodged a complaint to the Committee on Procedures and Privileges.

Mary Lou McDonald said the Tánaiste’s comments were a "slur" and that Sinn Féin would not accept a repeat.

"The Tánaiste needs to understand that if she slurs me (or) my colleagues in that manner, she will be challenged on it," she said

"If the rules are not applied and if she does not conduct herself in a way that does not attack our characters, we're in for more disruption."

Speaking to Morning Ireland today, party president Gerry Adams said the disruption had been caused by Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett, and that the two men were due to meet to discuss yesterday's events.

Mr Adams said however, that he did not have confidence in the Ceann Comhairle.


More in this Section

Kodie's death should spur nations to do more on fishing safety, lawyer saysKodie's death should spur nations to do more on fishing safety, lawyer says

Cork town moves to end private operation of pay parking enforcement  Cork town moves to end private operation of pay parking enforcement

Garda-PSNI relationship 'could be undermined' without Brexit agreementGarda-PSNI relationship 'could be undermined' without Brexit agreement

Cork has gone from leader to laggard in delivery of biking infrastructure, cyclists sayCork has gone from leader to laggard in delivery of biking infrastructure, cyclists say


Lifestyle

Put provenance first this season and make 'Made in Munster' the label to be seen in. With outstanding craftmanship and commitment to quality, these homegrown designers are making Munster-made fashion wish list worthy around the world. Shopping local has never looked so good. Carolyn Moore reports.Made in Munster: Shopping local has never looked this good.

Karen Cunneen-Bilbow Owner, Fabricate IrelandMade in Munster: ‘I turned my hobby into a business’

An invitation is extended to all to pay a visit to Bride View Cottage, writes Charlie WilkinsSeasonal cheer will spread early in Co Cork as an invitation is extended to all to visit Bride View Cottage

After a week of Fortnite Chapter 2, we think it’s fair to say Epic lived up to their name with the game’s ‘re-launch’.GameTech: Happy after a week of Fortnite Chapter 2

More From The Irish Examiner