MacLochlainn suspended from Dáil

Donegal North East TD Pádraig MacLochlainn has been suspended from the Dáil for three working days.

Donegal North East TD Pádraig MacLochlainn has been suspended from the Dáil for three working days.

Business in the Dáil was suspended twice this morning when the Sinn Féin TD repeatedly refused to leave as directed by the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett.

The Dáil was debating the penalty points controversy when Mr Barrett said he was referring United Left Alliance TD Joan Collins to the Committee on Procedures and Privileges for naming three people in whose cases penalty points were allegedly inappropriately struck out.

He said her actions were in contravention of the rules of the House.

Deputy MacLochlainn accused him of double standards. He referred to Gerry Adams’ claim that Taoiseach Enda Kenny defamed him in remarks he made regarding Jean McConville, who was abducted and killed by the IRA in 1972.

The Ceann Comhairle told Deputy MacLochlainn to take his seat but he refused to do so and refused to leave when told to.

TDs voted to remove him from the house but he still refused. Business was suspended for 15 minutes and then for a further 30 minutes. He left the chamber during the second period.

Members of the Dáil then voted to suspend him for three working days.