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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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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.