MLAs clashed over a DUP Assembly motion commemorating the death of unionist icon Lord Craigavon.
DUP representative Mervyn Storey asked for “respect and reverence” to mark the 70th anniversary of the death of Northern Ireland's first Prime Minister.
But Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd said it was a waste of Assembly time to debate the issue during a period of economic turmoil.
Mr O'Dowd said Craigavon had built a state that discriminated against Catholics and failed working class unionists.
The motion noting the anniversary was passed by the Assembly.