Monday 23 April 2018

Call for new Dail and Seanad code after Norris comments

Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent

THERE are calls from TDs for a new code of conduct for the Dail and Seanad after David Norris accused a Fine Gael deputy of “talking through her fanny”.

Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O Connor called on Mr Norris to withdraw the remarks about her colleague Regina Doherty.

Mr Norris also said senators should not have to listen to Ms Doherty’s comments on the Seanad – which he called “The Regina Monologues”. 

He objected to the fact that people who were over 20 years in the Seanad "should have to listen to The Regina Monologues for somebody who is not a wet weekend in this house talking through her fanny, I object in the strongest possible way".

Ms Mitchell O Connor said the comments were “were sexist, crude, offensive and deeply inappropriate”.

“He launched a personal, misogynist attack on one of my female colleagues that was completely out of order. He should apologise and withdraw his comments immediately.”

Mr Norris declined to comment when approached by the Irish Independent, but Ms Mitchell O Connor added:

“Some of the behaviour in Leinster House over the last week has quite rightly been called into question.

“I believe it is time for a code of conduct to be introduced on how members should behave in the Dáil and Seanad. In my view, this should relate to appropriate language and behaviour.

“This is our national parliament and we need to think about the example we are setting and the message we are sending out to our young people as elected representatives.”


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