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Watch: My teddy bears are virgins, Gerry Adams tells Dail

By Niall O'Connor

A debate in the Republic's Dail on water charges took a bizarre turn with references to the Kama Sutra - and Gerry Adams insisting his "teddy bears are virgins".

Fianna Fail's Barry Cowen lashed out at Sinn Fein's motion on scrapping water charges and said the move had "no legal basis".

The motion - which also says water services should be paid for through general taxation - is set to be defeated today.

But the two parties traded insults in the Dail chamber in a debate which became increasingly bizarre. Sinn Fein's health spokeswoman Louise O'Reilly said Fianna Fáil had taken "more positions than the Kama Sutra" on water charges.

And party president Gerry Adams followed that up with "my teddy bears are virgins".

He has often mentioned his teddy bears on Twitter.

But Mr Cowen hit back and said "maybe you should be talking about Houdini and contortionists" in reference to the Sinn Féin position on water.

Sinn Fein TD Eoin O Broin criticised Mr Cowen's party for opposing the move despite Fianna Fail recommending the scrapping of charges in its submission to the Expert Commission on water services.

Mr Cowen said his party agreed to establish the Commission with Fine Gael as part of the efforts to avoid another election.

He claimed Sinn Féin was "under a rock" when a government needed to be formed and said the motion had "no legal basis". "You can strut your stuff and flatter to deceive because that's all you've ever done," he added.

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