Monday 5 December 2016

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

Published 18/06/2015 | 14:53

Arts Minister Heather Humphreys
Arts Minister Heather Humphreys

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

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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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