The Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil, Caoimghín Ó Caoláin, was ordered to leave the House after angry exchanges with the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, on the Disability Bill earlier today.
Mr Ó Caoláin said the umbrella group for the disability sector, the DLCG, was meeting today to consider the possibility of withdrawing from engagement with the Government on the bill.
Mr Ahern said that the Government had discussed the group's five demands yesterday and said he would be writing to the group soon.
However, he said there was one amendment they were seeking, to give people a right to resources, which had never been brought in anywhere and could not be introduced in this country.
Mr Ó Caoláin asked why Ireland could not give a lead in this matter by introducing such legislation.
Mr Ahern accused him of being ‘entirely dishonest’ on the issue, and after further heated exchanges the Ceann Comhairle warned Mr Ó Caoláin that if he opened his mouth one more time he would be asked to leave the House.
Mr Ó Caoláin replied ‘I will not give you that satisfaction’, and was then immediately asked to leave.
A vote will be taken tomorrow on whether to suspend him from the Dáil for a number of days.