WATCH: Mary Lou McDonald asked to leave Dáil after row with Taoiseach

Sinn Fein Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald, was asked to leave the Dáil on Wednesday after an argument with Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

Thursday, 28th September 2017, 11:05 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 3:37 pm
Sinn Fein Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald and Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

Ms. McDonald described the Taoiseach as being "facile and dismissive" towards her.

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Ms. McDonald's comments came after the Taoiseach said to her "you're very cranky today".

Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald is asked to leave the Dil after a heated debate with Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

"This is the constant pattern of debate we have in this parliament," said Varadkar. "The only time you're not scripted is when you're interrupting," he said.

"Is it any small wonder that the people of Northern Ireland don't have a first or deputy first minister?

"Is it any small wonder they don't have an Executive, because this is the attitude of Sinn Féin, constantly hectoring, smart alec remarks, lack of temperance, lack of respect for other people, inability to listen to them, and inability to listen to compromise?"

Mr. Varadkar added: "It should be of no wonder whatsoever that the people of Northern Ireland have no voice, because this is the style of politics favoured by Sinn Féin, to shout people down who don't share their views."

Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald is asked to leave the Dil after a heated debate with Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.

As Ms. McDonald left the Dáil she could heard saying to the Taoiseach that she "would write to" him.

Dail chairperson, Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell, asked Ms. McDonald to leave the chamber.