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Richard Boyd-Barrett in the Dáil this morning
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Video: Tánaiste and Boyd-Barrett spar over a 'fetish for orgies and arousal'

There was some choice language in the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions this morning.

THERE WAS EXCITEMENT aplenty at Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this morning as Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Richard Boyd-Barrett came to blows over the Fiscal Compact referendum using some, er, colourful language.

As the People Before Profit TD urged the government to abandon the treaty and adopt a “real jobs strategy in Europe”, Gilmore warned of the danger of Ireland ending up like Greece.

At one stage, he commented: ”It may well be that what is happening in Greece is a cause for arousal for you Deputy Boyd-Barrett or for some other members in this house.”

Later, Boyd-Barrett responded that the Tánaiste’s “fetish for interesting vocabulary such as orgies and arousal” indicated a new theme for the Labour Party and its colleagues in Europe “despite their differences on policies over the fiscal treaty”.

Boyd-Barrett’s delay in asking question of Gilmore got the Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett so worked up that he remarked to much laughter in the chamber: “I’m getting excited here myself… waiting for the Question.”

Watch the exchanges here:

VIDEO: Alan Shatter has a laughing fit… in the Seanad

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