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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Taoiseach 'clown' remark blasted

'TOTALLY UNPARLIAMENTARY'. That was the verdict of Fine Gael chief whip Paul Kehoe on the Taoiseach after he was called a clown by the leader of the country.

'I cannot make excuses for his ignorance,' commented the politician from Bree after under pressure Mr. Cowen's outburst last week. 'No other national leader would carry on like that.' He felt that the Offaly man had gone for him bald-headed and viciously as the house discussed the 'Lost at Sea' report from Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly.

The opposition was pursuing the Taoiseach, complaining that most of the resources from a scheme to assist fishermen appear to have gone to East Galway constituents of the Government's Frank Fahy. Mr. Cowen appeared agitated as he rounded on Paul Kehoe, accusing him of not reading the report and calling him a clown.

'It is not often that I have the chance to come up against Brian Cowen directly,' said the T.D. on the receiving end of the abuse. 'I have never seen him losing the rag before with someone such as me, rather than the leader of another political party.'

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