Sunday 23 October 2016

'My teddy bears are virgins,' insists Adams

Published 29/09/2016 | 02:30

Gerry Adams: 'My teddy bears are virgins'
Gerry Adams: 'My teddy bears are virgins'

The Dáil debate on water charges took a bizarre turn with references to the Kama Sutra - and Gerry Adams insisting his "teddy bears are virgins".

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Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen lashed out at Sinn Féin's motion on scrapping water charges and said the move had "no legal basis".

The motion - which also says water services should be paid for through general taxation - is set to be defeated today.

But the two parties traded insults in the Dáil chamber in a debate which became increasingly bizarre. Sinn Féin's health spokeswoman Louise O'Reilly said Fianna Fáil had taken "more positions than the Kama Sutra" on water charges.

And party president Gerry Adams followed that up with "my teddy bears are virgins".

He has often mentioned his teddy bears on Twitter.

Read more: WATCH: 'My teddy bears are virgins, a cathairleach' - Could this be the most bizarre Dáil statement ever?

But Mr Cowen hit back and said "maybe you should be talking about Houdini and contortionists" in reference to the Sinn Féin position on water.

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin criticised Mr Cowen's party for opposing the move despite Fianna Fáil recommending the scrapping of charges in its submission to the Expert Commission on water services.

Mr Cowen said his party agreed to establish the Commission with Fine Gael as part of the efforts to avoid another election.

He claimed Sinn Féin was "under a rock" when a government needed to be formed and said the motion had "no legal basis". "You can strut your stuff and flatter to deceive because that's all you've ever done," he added.

Irish Independent

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