There was some ugly scenes in the Dáil this afternoon as Sinn Fein Deputy Mary Lou McDonald was removed from the chamber after she got into a heated argument with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
In week full of tension the argument between the pair reached boiling point after Mr Varadkar called Ms McDonald “cranky”, to which Ms McDonald replied by calling him “facile”.
The argument which reached its peak today is understood to have started on Tuesday after the Taoiseach criticised Ms McDonalds scripted questions.
It us understood the Sinn Fein deputy was less than impressed when Mr Varadkar said: “Deputy McDonald reminds me more and more of Marine Le Pen, because she always goes back to her script.”
However the argument kicked off once again today when Mr Varadkar told Ms McDonald that he was laughing at her not the issue.
It is thought the Taoiseach’s comment irked Ms McDonald who replied by saying: “I find you facile and dismissive”.
Ms McDonald was then thrown out after she walked across the chamber and approached the Taoiseach.
A move which seemed to be too much for Dáil chairperson, Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell, who told Ms McDonald to leave the house saying: “Deputy, this is very, very unusual. You are disturbing the house please leave”, to which Deputy McDonald replied “I’m leaving anyway”.
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