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article imageIrish MP telling opposing party 'F*** you' won't be punished

By Laura Trowbridge     May 25, 2010 in Politics
Because of a precedent set in 1947, a member of the Irish parliament will not be punished for shouting "f*** you" at an opposing political member.
WARNING: Use of the "F-word"
Paul Gogarty of the Green Party swore twice at opposition Labour Party member Emmet Stagg during a rant in the lower house of parliament last December. He then immediately apologized for his "unparliamentary language."
According to Sky News, Gogarty started swearing after being heckled by Emmet Stagg for "bleating and blathering" in a debate on welfare cuts. Gogarty was asking Stagg for the same respect as he had been shown, but Stagg continued being rude, provoking Gogarty to shout "f*** you."
The YouTube video captures Gogarty saying: "With all due respect, in the most unparliamentary language, f*** you Deputy Stagg. F*** you."
The committee which oversees parliament member's behavior said it found Gogarty's comments "contempt of an aggravated nature".
"It considers them to have been ill-judged, unwarranted, to have reflected extremely badly on the member in question... and to have brought the House into disrepute," the committee said.
But the committee decided to take the same course of action as was taken in a similar incident in 1947. After those involved in the prior incident apologized and continued to carry on reasonably, the matter was considered resolved.
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