Irish Senate halted over booze fight

A general view of Leinster House which houses the Seanad chamber, also known as the upper house of the Irish parliament, is pictured in Dublin, Ireland.
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A general view of Leinster House which houses the Seanad chamber, also known as the upper house of the Irish parliament, is pictured in Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland's upper legislative house, the Seanad, was briefly adjourned last week over arguments about whether lawmakers were drunk.

While debating a bill on Friday night, Labour Senator John Whelan said he thought "some members were inebriated by the exuberance of their own verbosity and self-importance," according to the Irish Times. Another lawmaker reportedly then responded that the chamber was "100 percent sober," at which point "noisy exchanges" broke out.

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Amid arguments of whether or not Whelan had alleged actual or figurative inebriation, another senator announced to the chamber that many of his colleagues were drinking at a nearby bar during earlier debate on the bill, the Times reported.

Finally, Seanad chair Paddy Burke reportedly adjourned the discussion for 15 minutes to let things calm down.

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For more on the arguments over allegedly drunken Irish lawmakers, read the report from the Irish Times.