• [VIDEO] Opposition walk out of Dáil en masse over Gaeltacht Bill

    Members of the opposition have walked out of the Dáil en mass in protest at the Government intention to push the Gaeltacht Bill through the Dáil before the House rises this evening.

    Members of the opposition have argued that the Bill should be considered in more detail when the Dáil comes back from their summer holiday in September. However the Government appear to want to pursue the Bill's completion due to Udaras elections which are taking place in two months time. The proposed Bill would mean the Udaras elections would not take place in the autumn.

    As a result of the opposition walk-out all proposed amendments were rejected and weren't pushed to a vote. As a result the Gaeltacht Bill has passed now passed all stages without a vote needing to be taken this morning.

    As a result of the opposition walk-out and lack of debate, the Dáil has now been suspended until 1.00pm.

    The video below shows the moment at which the opposition members left the Dáil en masse.

    Log in or sign up to leave a comment

    Comments 107 Comments
    1. Mushroom's Avatar
      Mushroom -
      The government should simply announce that it will sit next week to debate the Bill. Or that it will recall the Dáil / Seanad for a week in early August.

      Then watch the opposition squirm.
    1. Neutron's Avatar
      Neutron -
      Joke of an opposition.
      Joke of a government.
      Joke of a country.
    1. Mushroom's Avatar
      Mushroom -
      Quote Originally Posted by Neutron View Post
      Joke of an opposition.
      Joke of a government.
      Joke of a country.
      Joke of a language.
    1. slippy wicket's Avatar
      slippy wicket -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mushroom View Post
      The government should simply announce that it will sit next week to debate the Bill. Or that it will recall the Dáil / Seanad for a week in early August.

      Then watch the opposition squirm.
      I'll bet the grandson of the Spanish Bastard was up on his hind legs squealing like a stuck pig over this.
      Why anyone could get excited about a failed degenerate badly constructed abortion of a language is beyond me.
    1. Toidissatafu's Avatar
      Toidissatafu -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mushroom View Post
      Joke of a language.
      A mushroom raised in shít >> just can't stop spouting shít
    1. toxic avenger's Avatar
      toxic avenger -
      Quote Originally Posted by slippy wicket View Post
      Why anyone could get excited about a failed degenerate badly constructed abortion of a language is beyond me.
      How is it badly constructed?
    1. Mossy Heneberry's Avatar
      Mossy Heneberry -
      Could someone please close down the Dáil, it's a joke beyond this stage?

      Self prima-donna's trying to compete with showing the public how virtuous they are.
    1. Mushroom's Avatar
      Mushroom -
      Quote Originally Posted by slippy wicket View Post
      I'll bet the grandson of the Spanish Bastard was up on his hind legs squealing like a stuck pig over this.
      Why anyone could get excited about a failed degenerate badly constructed abortion of a language is beyond me.
      It's actually a sign of what a complete abomination of a country/nation we are. People get upset about things that don't matter a jot, while not giving a toss about things that do.

      Just wait until the wall-to-wall goo hits the fan when Katie Taylor wins a gold medal in a couple of weeks time. I'd say that Mickey Dee's script-writers are already on version 64 of his three page, bilingual paean of praise to the pride of Bray! Maybe he'll deign to compose one of his little ditties in celebration.
    1. JandK's Avatar
      JandK -
      Quote Originally Posted by slippy wicket View Post
      I'll bet the grandson of the Spanish Bastard was up on his hind legs squealing like a stuck pig over this.
      Why anyone could get excited about a failed degenerate badly constructed abortion of a language is beyond me.
      On top of toxic avenger's question, what about it makes it failed, and what about it makes it degenerate? I'm particularly interested in your answer to the latter.
    1. slippy wicket's Avatar
      slippy wicket -
      Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger View Post
      How is it badly constructed?
      At its most basic level, does it not grate that to do basic counting takes two words per number.
    1. Mushroom's Avatar
      Mushroom -
      Quote Originally Posted by Toidissatafu View Post
      A mushroom raised in shít >> just can't stop spouting shít

      100% correct - but how did you know that I was raised through Irish?
    1. toxic avenger's Avatar
      toxic avenger -
      Quote Originally Posted by slippy wicket View Post
      At its most basic level, does it not grate that to do basic counting takes two words per number.
      Not to me. Is that the only reason you believe it is badly constructed?
    1. slippy wicket's Avatar
      slippy wicket -
      Quote Originally Posted by JandK View Post
      On top of toxic avenger's question, what about it makes it failed, and what about it makes it degenerate? I'm particularly interested in your answer to the latter.
      I suppose in fairness the use of the word was more of an unnecessary intensifier, as I was using it in the firm if something in decline.
      Back to the failure of Irish, well I guess we have those Irish language fascists who beat the language into generations of children to thank for that.
      Bar those right on users of gaelscoils , I doubt there are many who feel much affection for it.
    1. Thac0man's Avatar
      Thac0man -
      Well I suppose many of the opposition do speak Irish, so they felt they could act over this one issue. Whereas most do not have a grasp of the language of the economy, which would explain how they have remained seated in silent confusion since they won their seats.
    1. slippy wicket's Avatar
      slippy wicket -
      Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger View Post
      Not to me. Is that the only reason you believe it is badly constructed?
      I'm a long time out of school At this stage, but I suppose my opinion is probably coloured by a succession of crap teachers.
    1. toxic avenger's Avatar
      toxic avenger -
      Quote Originally Posted by slippy wicket View Post
      I suppose in fairness the use of the word was more of an unnecessary intensifier, as I was using it in the firm if something in decline.
      Back to the failure of Irish, well I guess we have those Irish language fascists who beat the language into generations of children to thank for that.
      Bar those right on users of gaelscoils , I doubt there are many who feel much affection for it.
      Was it not a combination of the global commercial dominance of English in the 19th century, the perception among Irish-speaking parents that their children having English would be advantageous to them, and the famine that led to the decline of Irish speaking in Ireland?
    1. Casillas's Avatar
      Casillas -
      After everything we've been through over the past year and the opposition storms out over this..

      Are we supposed to believe that they are outraged, indignant, trying to preserve the best interests of the citizenry?
    1. Clanrickard's Avatar
      Clanrickard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mushroom View Post
      100% correct - but how did you know that I was raised through Irish?
      You are making a fool out of yourself.
    1. toxic avenger's Avatar
      toxic avenger -
      Quote Originally Posted by slippy wicket View Post
      I'm a long time out of school At this stage, but I suppose my opinion is probably coloured by a succession of crap teachers.
      Compared to English, which is a ridiculously difficult language to learn for non-speakers because of its relatively massive lack of regularity, Irish is a breeze to learn. It has very few irregular verbs, it is structured precisely to flow off the tongue and avoid harsh glottal stops or pronunciation difficulties, one can pronounce it precisely from its written form, and the rules governing it are clearly ordered. Its standardization in the 1950s made it even easier.

      Crap teachers are the bane of any subject. But don't let it prevent you objectively assessing the language as if from outside. It's actually one of the world's most interesting languages, of massive interest to linguists (it is the closest living descendant of a language group that once covered all of Europe).
    1. slippy wicket's Avatar
      slippy wicket -
      Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger View Post
      Was it not a combination of the global commercial dominance of English in the 19th century, the perception among Irish-speaking parents that their children having English would be advantageous to them, and the famine that led to the decline of Irish speaking in Ireland?
      Fair point, that would be the historical context.
      But those weasely sorts with the faine on their jacket did not help either.
    Register to Comment