Rebel TD Marc MacSharry is not expected to apologize for comments he made about Leas-Cheann Comhairle Catherine Connolly.
This could mean he will be suspended from the Dáil for two days after a standards committee for politicians ruled against him yesterday.
The Dáil’s Committee on Procedures and Privileges (CPP) ratified a decision by Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl that Mr MacSharry should be suspended from the Dáil for two days unless he apologizes to Ms Connolly.
A complaint was lodged by Independent TD for Donegal Thomas Pringle after Mr MacSharry accused Ms Connolly of discriminating against him during Dáil debates and not giving him as much speaking time as other Independent TDs.
The complaint to the Dáil Business Committee was then forwarded to the CPP, which handles complaints against members of the Dáil.
At a committee meeting yesterday, Mr MacSharry was seventh on the list of those selected to speak during the debate period for ‘promised legislation’.
Committee sources said the suspension proposal was ratified after examining the number of times his name was chosen to speak at the debate during that time.
In November, Mr MacSharry accused the Leas-Cheann Comhairle of treating him unfairly over speaking time.
“They’ve consistently gotten me into the last three speakers where I’m lucky enough to get 30 seconds while others enjoy the benefit of a minute and 10 seconds of celebrating the local sausage makers and the awards they win,” he said.
When Ms Connolly told him to resume his seat, he refused and she dropped the proceedings.
“I have absolutely no intention of doing that until you show a little less discrimination and positively discriminate against actual independents rather than those who, like you, join and form de facto parties and have their say three or four times a day,” Mr said MacSharry.
Sligo-Leitrim TD resigned from Fianna Fáil in November.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/ex-fianna-fail-td-marc-macsharry-faces-being-suspended-from-the-dail-over-speaking-time-row-42203976.html Ex-Fianna Fáil TD Marc MacSharry suspended from Dáil for speaking time