Opposition parties walk out of Dail in protest

Fine Gael, Labour and the Green Party have walked out of the Dail in protest at the refusal of the Government to censure Independent Deputy Thomas Gildea following allegations he made against former Justice Minister Nora Owen.

Fine Gael, Labour and the Green Party have walked out of the Dail in protest at the refusal of the Government to censure Independent Deputy Thomas Gildea following allegations he made against former Justice Minister Nora Owen.

The Donegal TD was forced to withdraw claims that Mrs Owen received back-handers from cable television companies when she was Minister.

Tanaiste Mary Harney has indicated that while the Government regrets the remarks, time will not be available in the Dail for a censure debate.

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