‘Potentially 15 Government TDs Voted Against Their Agreed Candidate’

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From top: Fine Gael’s Fergus O’Dowd and Catherine Connolly

This afternoon.

Amid sweary voting drama, Independent TD Catherine Connolly was elected the Dáil’s first female Leas Cheann Comhairle.

Via The Irish Examiner:

Ms Connolly beat the agreed government candidate, Fine Gael’s Fergus O’Dowd, in a further embarrassment to the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green Party coalition.

It’s understood the government had 84 available votes, with Mr O’Dowd only garnering 74. Sources say “a post mortem” was underway in the aftermath of the result, as the vote is held in a secret ballot, it is not yet known who defected from the government.

One source said that the suspicion is mostly within Fianna Fáil, who last night agreed in a parliamentary party meeting to back Mr O’Dowd “through gritted teeth” but there is potential some Fine Gael colleagues also voted against the government.

Seemed to go well.

Catherine Connolly is the first woman to be elected Leas Ceann Comhairle (irish Examiner)

Ms Connolly pic via John Campbell

Meanwhile…

Jack Chambers

Oh.

22 thoughts on “‘Potentially 15 Government TDs Voted Against Their Agreed Candidate’

  1. Cian

    72 of 84… that is 12 missing votes.
    Who has 12 TDs? The Greens, that’s who.

    They were probably asleep.

      1. italia'90

        Oh dear, what will the neighbours say now?
        How many TD’s can you fit into a Renault Megane?

  2. Vanessanelle

    They probably couldn’t find where the buttons were over in their temporary gaff

    Ok, messing aside
    Its a demonstration of how highly regarded Catherine Connolly is on all sides of our current Dáil
    So Hon’ Catherine

    And that O’Dowd fella is always hovering around looking to get spoonfed a gig
    Less than useless

    1. Johnny Green

      + she’s outstanding, excellent barrister and qc,wonderfully insightful questions at many hearings,does her homework and is super sharp, she should be minister for justice.

      1. Liam Deliverance

        All of those things and respectful, calm and personable – when she has you on the hook you will not be getting off the hook too easily!

      2. Brother Barnabas

        what made catherine connolly such a great “qc” in your esteemed opinion, johnny?

        1. Johnny

          fact checking,you’ve been humbled and reduced to that,be better,wittier,or don’t bother bro.

  3. RuilleBuille

    Delighted that a slap in the puss was delivered to the creepy O’Dowd and the entitled Chambers.

  4. GiggidyGoo

    Paddy Power should open a book now on Dail votes. All fun and games. This government ain’t going to last very long.

  5. Praetorian.

    Jack Chambers will get shafted very shortly….he’s an utter clown and a liability in public.

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