Westmeath Fianna Fail Senator Donie Cassidy has been told to stop acting the clown and address the issue 'illegal' Irish people in America.
The remarks were made to the Leader of the Seanad by Fine Gael Senator Alan Kelly.
Senator Cassidy had accused the Fine Gael/Labour government of 1983 to 1987 of running tens of thousands of Irish people out of the country.
Alan Kelly said the current government was all over the place and the plight of illegal Irish people in Boston was scary.
Senator Cassidy said that everyone in the Seanad wanted to see the same result in relation to the undocumented Irish.