O’Donoghue takes the Fall

So the Ceann Comhairle, John O’Donoghue is to resign next week. He has been under huge pressure to resign following the revelations of his use of expenses. But is he only the top of the ice berg? Are other Ministers (current and former) even worse? Or does this waste at the top go all the way down to backbench TD’s and Senators.

Who ever takes over as Ceann Comhairle must have the backing from across the house. That means there will probably be only one nomination from the three main parties and Sinn Fein probably mounting some sort of candidate also, maybe one of the independents.

The timing of the resignation is interesting. If the Greens don’t approve the new programme for government on Saturday and the Government falls, John O’Donoghue will be automatically re-elected. This also have implications for who ever is elected to replace him.

So who is going to be the next Ceann Comhairle?

The names that are coming to mind to me are Ruairi Quinn (Lab), Brendan Howlin (Lab and current Leas Cheann Comhairle). I cannot really thing of anyone else (mainly as I am tired from college!) Feel free to make suggestions in the comment!

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for SpirtualityIreland.org and UCC Express.

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  1. I’ve heard Finnan McGrath (ind) more than once. He’s one of the independents supporting the government (so technically its a one-for-one swap) as appointing an opposition member will simply strengthen the governement side (not likely to be approved by the opposition)

    Another logical (by the numbers) choice would be a member of the Greens. The greens want to get back in to power (doesn’t every party), having a green ceann comhairle might help. I’m also sure that they will delay removing their support (assuming they do remove their support) until after the new appointee takes over regardless as to who it is.

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