Referendum will help confront delusion over Seanad
Famous actors are often alarmed to discover that their biggest fans have no idea what acting actually entails. Just ask Michelle Dockery, the London-born thespian of Athlone extraction who plays Lady Mary Crawley in ITV's big-house drama Downton Abbey.
Dockery is surprised by the extent to which others are surprised that, in real life, she doesn't speak with her onscreen character's posh accent. "They forget I'm an actress," she says.
Thankfully, the forthcoming Seanad referendum will help confront a similar delusion that is reportedly rife among impressionable viewers of Oireachtas Report, the Irish version of Downton Abbey. Some of these unfortunates apparently believe that senators are real politicians.