Tuesday 23 May 2017

Government suffers another embarrassing defeat in Seanad as senators rowed over agenda

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

THE Government has suffered another embarrassing defeat in the Seanad as senators rowed over the day’s agenda.

The unusual scenes unfolded in response to demands from the Opposition to call in Arts Minister Heather Humphreys for a debate on the sale of a number of paintings from the Beit collection.

The trustees of the Beit foundation this week said they intend to forge ahead with the sale of a number of paintings despite protests from the minister.

But in the Seanad today, the Government lost a vote on the day’s agenda as the Opposition demanded answers from the minister.

Ms Humphreys will now appear in the Seanad at 4:30pm.

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