A row erupted in the Seanad yesterday over Ireland's failed attempt to land the 2023 Rugby World Cup after Roscommon Fianna Fail senator Terry Leyden said those responsible for the failure 'couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery'.
According to today’s Irish Times, Senator 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 yesterday afternoon, claiming that Ireland had 'made a bags of it'.
The Senator’s criticism drew a frustrated response from Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond, who asked that he 'retract' his remarks.
Ireland's bid was dealt a major blow when Scotland and Wales opted to vote for France and South Africa respectively, with the Roscommon Senator criticising the bid team for failing to secure those crucial votes.
Senator Leydon said "When we were in power we could negotiate for world events."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.