Sunday 25 September 2016

'Myyyyy way' - Frank Sinatra, Mary Poppins and Aretha Franklin songs feature in Dáil debate on... water charges

Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor

Published 12/07/2016 | 15:19

Left, Mick Barry TD, and right, Frank Sinatra
Left, Mick Barry TD, and right, Frank Sinatra

Frank Santra, Mary Poppins, Aretha Franklin, the Titanic and water charges.

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Events in the Dáil have taken a strange turn with an Opposition TD quoting a string of song lyrics in an effort to allege the upcoming Commission on Water is a "sham".

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Mick Barry stopped short of breaking into song but did manage to draw a smile from Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald who he was actually attacking at the time.

Mr Barry suggested that the Fine Gael members of Cabinet needed to show some 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T' to Shane Ross, that Joe O'Toole needed something to "help the medicine go down" after resigning as chair of the commission and that Taoiseach Enda Kenny was determined to do everything "My Way".

The Cork deputy went on to compare the boycott of water charges to Titanic hitting the iceberg and sinking.

He said the Titanic was "unsinkable" and that while the Government believed the same of Irish Water, the "gunship of water charges has crashed into the iceberg".

He suggested it was time of the Government to give charges a "decent burial" and scrap plans for the Commission because Joe O'Toole "let the cat out of the bag". "The cat ran right across the floor of the Dáil," he said.

In response Ms Fitzgerald joked she was concerned he was going to break into song.

She said the way forward has been charted by the government and charges are being suspended.

"We believe that is the right route in order to diucss out the infrastructure that is so necessary and needed in this country is funded," she said.

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