Wednesday 18 October 2017

Would TDs just get to the point

ARE our politicians pathologically incapable of brevity?

Some, it would appear, certainly have difficulties. The Punt has rattled on about the behaviour of some TDs in Oireachtas committees before, but there's nothing more frustrating than attending what appears to be a fascinating hearing, only to be subjected to the rambling thoughts of some Dail deputies.

If you invite experts in to speak on certain topics, please have questions to ask.

The European Affairs Committee was one such forum yesterday, where UCD academics Gavin Barrett and Brigid Laffan focused on European financial and political issues.

One of the most impressive members of that committee, and frequently so, is Sinn Fein Senator Kathryn Reilly.

In a concise manner, she posed several pointed questions while some other members made the mistake of giving their own long-winded views, or asking rambling questions. Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan and Labour's Eric Byrne were the two main culprits.

Debate is needed, but let's focus on the opinions of the experts.

Irish Independent

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