Barrett prom­ises to be ‘firm but fair’ ceann comhairle

Bray People - - ABOUT GREYSTONES -

THE 31ST DAIL got down to busi­ness at noon with the read­ing of the 166 TDs elected be­fore the elec­tion of the Ceann Comhairle.

Car­low Kilkenny's Ann Phe­lan was the first name an­nounced while Wick­low's Stephen Don­nelly was the last name called.

It was all hearts and flow­ers in the cham­ber at first with Enda Kenny propos­ing party col­league, Sean Barrett for the po­si­tion talk­ing him up to high heav­ens.

Across the room Micheal Martin from the en­dan­gered yet still un­pro­tected species of Fianna Fáil sup­ported the nom­i­na­tion of Barrett say­ing he was a ‘com­mit­ted and fair par­lia­men­tar­ian'.

Next up was slightly de­luded and patently over am­bi­tious Ea­mon (re­mem­ber Gil­more for Taoiseach) Gil­more who ac­tu­ally hails from the same con­stituency as Barrett, Dun Laoighaire, who also lav­ished praise on Barrett.

Next on his feet was Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin who, let's be frank, looked ever so slightly in­con­gru­ous in Dail Eire­ann al­though to be fair to the man he was like an episode of Ros Na Run when he stood up to speak! He wished Barrett well but in true fight­ing spirit he had a lit­tle dig say­ing he felt the Ceann Comhairle should be picked from the Op­po­si­tion. Finian McGrath of the tech­ni­cal group com­pris­ing of a large num­ber of the In­de­pen­dents, the ULA and Peo­ple be­fore Profit also wished Barrett well but like Gerry had a lit­tle quip say­ing his first choice would have been for an In­de­pen­dent Ceann Comhairle - no sur­prise there then.

And so Sean Barrett was elected get­ting a bula bos and a stand­ing ova­tion from the cham­ber.

As he as­sumed his po­si­tion he thanked ev­ery­one and said he would be ‘firm but fair' and quoted Nel­son Man­dela say­ing ‘ it al­ways seems im­pos­si­ble un­til it is done'.

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