Via The Irish Times: A Green Party backbencher apologised in the Dáil this afternoon after he told a Labour TD to "fuck you" during heated exchang
December 11, 2009

Via The Irish Times:

A Green Party backbencher apologised in the Dáil this afternoon after he told a Labour TD to "fuck you" during heated exchanges on the Social Welfare Bill.

Paul Gogarty, who represents Dublin Mid West, had been challenged by Opposition TDs to vote against the Bill later this evening.

Mr Gogarty said that the Green party had succeeded in getting the size of the social welfare cuts reduced. As he continued to speak, defending his support for the Bill, he was heckled by Labour party TDs.

Turning to Labour TD Emmet Stagg, he shouted: "Fuck you, Deputy Stagg, fuck you."

Mr Gogarty then apologised for his “unparliamentary langugage". He said he was outraged that somebody should question his sincerity.

Mr Gogarty said he would take at face value the sincerity of TDs on the opposite benches, “although I know, also, that perhaps some of your colleagues were more interested in point-scoring and political opportunism than sincerity’’.

Gogarty later apologized for his outburst.

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