Wednesday 17 July 2019

WATCH: 'They couldn't negotiate a piss up in a brewery' - Row erupts in Seanad over Ireland's failed World Cup bid

Fianna Fail Senator Terry Leyden.
Fianna Fail Senator Terry Leyden.
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A row erupted in the Seanad today over Ireland's failed attempt to land the 2023 Rugby World Cup after Fianna Fail senator Terry Leyden said those responsible for the failure 'couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery'.

Leyden, who previously expressed regret for October comments where he suggested that rugby was bad for women's 'health and wellbeing', expressed his dissatisfaction with the World Cup bid this afternoon, claiming that Ireland had 'made a bags of it'.

Leyden's criticism drew a frustrated response from Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond, who asked that he 'retract' his remarks.

"We are crying over spilt milk at this stage over the Rugby World Cup because really, quite frankly, they made a bags of it. Let's call a spade a spade," Senator Leyden said before Senator Richmond hit back, saying that his comments were 'ridiculous' and that he should 'stick to what you know'.

Ireland's bid was dealt a major blow when Scotland and Wales opted to vote for France and South Africa respectively, with Leyden criticising the bid team for failing to secure those crucial votes.

"When we were in power we could negotiate for world events," Leyden said.

"I wouldn't lose the Scottish vote, and I wouldn't lose the Welsh vote. Where were they going? What kind of amateurs do they send out anymore? They couldn't negotiate a piss-up in a brewery."

Senator Leyden was then told by the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, Denis O'Donovan, that he used an 'inappropriate adjective' and he withdrew the remark.

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