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Richard Boyd-Barrett in the Dáil this morning
Richard Boyd-Barrett in the Dáil this morning

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.
May 10th 2012, 12:13 PM 3,340 26

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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