Seán Ó Fearghaíl interview: ‘It's no longer acceptable to have sessions of the Dáil in the early hours of the morning’

The Fianna Fáil TD and Ceann Comhairle says bar a disaster situation, the Dáil will now remain in Leinster House and among the items to be addressed in the new year is the recording of TDs fobbin in, and a proposal for remote working

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: ‘As soon as we get elected, we develop a kind of homing device that leads us to want to be here in Leinster House all the time.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

Nobody has a better view of Irish parliamentary events than the Ceann Comhairle, who sits, perched like an umpire, overseeing the daily back-and-forth of the debates in Dáil Éireann.

Fianna Fáil TD Seán Ó Fearghaíl has held the position of chair of the Dáil since 2016, and in 2020 he became the first Ceann Comhairle since the late 1990s to be re-elected to the position for a second term.

The 33rd Dáil has been a particularly strange one, dominated by extraordinary events brought about by the pandemic and the passage of legislation that bestowed unprecedented emergency powers on the government. So that’s the first topic the Business Post raised in an interview that took place in the impressive surroundings of the Ceann Comhairle’s office, which overlooks the plinth from the second floor of Leinster House.