Sketch: Splutters among Sinn Féin backbenchers greet Dáil substitute Michael McGrath
The Minister for Public Expenditure deputised for the Taoiseach at Leader’s Questions
Michael McGrath was given the role of the Dáil Substitute while Taoiseach Micheál Martin was addressing the Cop 27 conference in Egypt
The mild-mannered Minister for Public Expenditure was the first choice Fianna Fáil minister to step in for the first session of Leaders’ Questions as TDs returned from their one-week Halloween break.
McGrath arrived in with a big black folder, bulging with briefing papers drawn up in anticipation of the questions from opposition party ...