BREAKING: Tá 57, Níl 50. Leo Varadkar is nominated as Taoiseach.
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) June 14, 2017
In his first speech as Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar said:
“I don’t wish to respond to the other deputies, as suffice to just say this: I received 57 votes here today, only two of those 57 were allowed to speak opposite 40 members chose to abstain, but only one of them was allowed to explain why.
“And so it’s important to democracy that we have diversity but democracy is also about proportionality and the equal right to speak must also apply…
Applause from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil benches
“…so the equal right to speak must also apply to ministers and backbenchers of this party and also the main opposition party.”
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