Wednesday 22 November 2017

Norris says TD is “talking through her fanny” on Seanad abolition

Senator David Norris
Senator David Norris
Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty

Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent

A FINE Gael TD has been accused by Senator David Norris of talking “through her fanny” over the abolition of the Seanad.

And Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has been compared to Hitler over claims he made about the upper house.

Fianna Fail senator Mary White said Mr Bruton – Fine Gael’s director of elections for the upcoming referendum on the abolition of the Seanad – was spreading Hitler-like propaganda.

And Mr Norris criticised Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East and the party’s deputy director of elections, of “talking through her f****”.

Mr Norris also called Ms Doherty’s comments about the Seanad “the Regina monologues”.

Mr Bruton issued a press release this morning claiming scrapping the Seanad will save €20m a year but Ms White said this was “like propaganda from Hitler". Mr Bruton was previously compared to Joseph Goebbels by former justice minister Michael McDowell.

Mr Norris called Mr Bruton's press release a "malignant and mendacious piece of tripe". "Seanad Eireann should immediately put out a press statement on a unanimous basis because this is...a tissue of lies."

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".

"We should have a revolution in this bloody place, we should take over, the members should take over."  Fine Gael senator Terry Brennan accused Mr Bruton of telling "lies and total lies" about the Seanad savings, and another party senator, Tony Mulcahy, also criticised the minister.

Fianna Fail senator Terry Leyden took issue with first time TD Regina Doherty being appointed Fine Gael's deputy director of elections.

Mr Leyden said Ms Doherty hadn't been in Leinster House a "wet week".

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