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VIDEO: Dáil suspended after row between Michael Healy-Rae and Taoiseach over pheasant shooting

A row erupted in the Dáil yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, November 3rd), between Michael Healy-Rae and Taoiseach, Micheál Martin.

The heated exchange occurred over a decision to delay the annual pheasant shooting season due to Level 5 restrictions.

Healy-Rae slammed the ban on pheasant shooting, saying it is a “nonsensical decision”. “How could anyone say that there is anything prejudicial to anyone’s health or safety by going out shooting?”

“Perhaps that might be true if a person goes out with somebody else. But, most cases, one person goes out with a dog, predominantly shooting land that person has been shooting on for many years.”

“The date of November 1st is a very special day for those people. They do it in a responsible way,” he added.

“On behalf of those clubs, I ask the Taoiseach to please exercise common sense. He has failed the farmers, the publicans, and many people at this stage.”

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“If he is trying to alienate himself from everyone in Ireland, he should keep going the way he is going.”

‘Against every restriction from the get-go’

Micheál Martin responded by saying: “Covid is not popular and Covid-19 restrictions are not popular, but Deputy Healy-Rae has been against every restriction from the get-go”.

Healy-Rae said: “that is not true” and asked Martin to withdraw “the wrong and untruthful allegation he made about me on the record of the house”.

“The Taoiseach said that I was totally opposed to every restriction under level 5. Will he withdraw it? It is untrue. It is a lie. Is he going to withdraw it, yes or no?”

Make comments ‘in the best of good faith’

Martin said: “In the parliamentary chamber, I am entitled to make comments. I make them in the best of good faith. The deputy has opposed everything as far as I can see.”

He asked the deputy to “stop shouting” which led to intervention from Danny Healy-Rae. Leas-Cheann Comhairle, Catherine Connolly.

Connolly continued to ask Michael Healy-Rae to resume his seat and “show a little respect for the Leas-Cheann Comhairle”.

“Out of respect for the seat of democracy, resume your seat. Thank you, I am going to adjourn the Dáil. That is, it.” Connolly concluded.

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