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UKIP AM made to apologise for 'suicide' jibe

UKIP's leader in the Senedd, Neil Hamilton, has been ordered to apologise after telling a fellow AM that "suicide is an option". He made the remark to Labour's Eluned Morgan, who was expressing her regret that Britain was leaving the European Union.

Today's a profoundly sad day for the nation and also for our children and our children's children. Of course, those who will pay the highest price for Article 50 will be those who can least afford it.

– Eluned Morgan AM

AMs repeated to each other what they had heard Neil Hamilton say and the Lywydd (Presiding Officer) Elin Jones ordered him to apologise. He seemed reluctant to comply.

What was unparliamentary about the remark? ... In deference to you Llywydd, I will apologise for whatever remark I am supposed to have made.

– Neil Hamilton AM
Other AMs looked as if they couldn't quite believe what Neil Hamilton had just said. Credit: Senedd TV

Eluned Morgan said that she would have liked an apology as well but the Presiding Office ruled that she had accepted Neil Hamilton's apology on her behalf.


Irish leader visits Wales to talk Brexit - and rugby

The First Minister and Taoiseach met for Brexit talks before attending the Wales v Ireland rugby match. Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny flew into Cardiff this afternoon from the European Council meeting in Brussels.

He was the only EU leader to get a private meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May but she refused to tell him the date she planned to trigger the Brexit process.

Mr Kenny can have expected a more sympathetic hearing when he met First Minister Carwyn Jones, as both men have serious concerns about the British Government's approach to leaving the EU. But their friendship might come under more strain later, when they attend the Wales v Ireland rugby match.

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