The interruptions of Labour TD Emmet Stagg in the Dail earlier today riled Green Party TD Paul Gogarty into the "unparliamentary" outburst: "Fuck you Deputy Stagg, Fuck you." Gogarty had been explaining during the Dáil debate on the social welfare cuts why he believed cuts to vulnerable people were necessary in Budget 2010. He said that a third tax band for high earners may be introduced next year.
Gogarty's apology for his use of "unparliamentary language" came swiftly, indeed pre-emptively. A month ago he picked up on Aengus Ó Snodaigh's use of the same "focal".
National Asset Management Agency Bill 2009: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage - 5 November 2009
Aengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein): [Berating the establishment of National Asset Management Agency].... If one gambles, as speculators did for many years, and loses, it is hard luck in most cases. For the hundreds of thousands of people, including me, who gambled by purchasing Eircom shares and suffered the consequences, it was a case of hard luck. I did not cry out for the Government to bail me out at the current market value, which was worth fuck-all at the time.
Arthur Morgan (Louth, Sinn Fein): The long-term economic value.
Aengus Ó Snodaigh: However, the long term economic value-----
Paul Gogarty (Dublin Mid West, Green Party): An “focal ar bith” a dúirt an Teachta?
Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Tá brón orm. D’úsáid mé téarma pharlaiminteach mícheart.
Arthur Morgan: The heat of battle.
Terence Flanagan (Dublin North East, Fine Gael) Aon focal.
Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Aon focal eile...
Paul Gogarty during debate on social welfare bill, 11 December 2009