The team behind Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid have been labelled "amateurs" who "wouldn't negotiate a piss up in a brewery", by a Fianna Fáil Senator.
During Order of Business in the Seanad this afternoon, Senator Terry Leyden said: "There is no point in crying over spilt milk at this stage as far as the Rugby World Cup is concerned because really, quite frankly, they made a bags of it.
"Call a spade a spade. They hadn't the ability to negotiate. The Taoiseach wasn't able to negotiate. Minister Ross was more concerned about North Korea and I don't think they had a vote. Had they?"
There were tetchy exchanges as Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond claimed Senator Leyden was being "ridiculous".
He noted that all political parties had backed the bid, adding "you don't know anything about it and you should stick to what you know".
But Senator Leyden said: "I tell you one thing, when we were in power, we could negotiate for world events!"
Senator Richmond interrupted: "Bailouts! You could negotiate them."
Senator Leyden added: "I wouldn't lose the Scottish vote or the Welsh vote. I mean what kind of amateurs do you send out anymore."
They wouldn't negotiate a piss up in a brewery for God's sakes
Later, Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan said that "our Celtic cousins, Scotland and Wales, who play with us on the Lions, did let us down".
. @fiannafailparty Senator @TerryLeyden labels Irish #rugbyworldcup2023 bid team ‘Amateurs’....’who couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery’..they ‘made a bags of it’ @rtenews pic.twitter.com/0Y7q6ccKEH— Conor McMorrow (@ConorMcMorrow) November 16, 2017