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Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 23/5/13

Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 23/5/13

Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 23/5/13

A FIANNA Fail politician has been slammed after calling Enda Kenny a "clown" and accusing him of "urinating on the Seanad".

Senator Marc MacSharry sparked outrage in the Seanad after he lashed the Taoiseach for comments he made about the Upper House.

The Sligo-based politician accused Mr Kenny of "clowning around Europe" and said that he was accepting "accolades" for the work carried out by the late Finance Minister Brian Lenihan.

After being shouted down by Government senators during the bizarre outburst, Mr MacSharry said that the Taoiseach was "urinating on the Seanad".

The heated row erupted just minutes after Mr MacSharry called for a debate on comments made by the Taoiseach recently about the benefits of the Seanad.

Mr Kenny said last week that the Seanad did nothing to stop the excesses of the Celtic Tiger. But the debate erupted into furious exchanges after Mr MacSharry dubbed the Taoiseach a "clown".

"Even as a Fianna Fail person, we in the northwest of Ireland and in Connacht in particular were never so proud, so proud as to have a Taoiseach coming from our part of the country," he said.

But he added that "we see him clowning around Europe, it has to be said, acting like a clown, turning a circus ring of Government and the office of Taoiseach."

Mr MacSharry continued to criticise Mr Kenny amid angry exchanges in the Seanad. And he then turned on Seanad chairman Paddy Burke, who he said was "facilitating" Mr Kenny in "urinating" on the institution.

He was strongly criticised by Independent Senator Marie-Louise O'Donnell for his use of language.

And Labour Senator John Whelan, who was present for the debate, told the Herald: "The tone and personal nature of his comments were out of order."

Mr MacSharry last night stood over the use of the term "clown".

"I understand it is a very harsh term to use and does represent quite strong language. But it captures the level of contempt that he has for the Seanad," he told the Herald.

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