Wednesday 20 September 2017

Is Alan doing justice to bonkbuster genre?

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

The Dail may now sit every second Friday, but the debates so far have proved to be moribund affairs.

But some of the Dail denizens were able to have a giggle yesterday at the expense of the Justice Minister during a debate on the Censorship of Publications Repeal Bill.

Fianna Fail's Niall Collins reckoned the board was "an outdated relic", and it was pointed out that only one publication had been referred to the censors in the last five years – Alan Shatter's 'Laura'. His colleague Billy Kelleher had his sarcasm dial turned up. "I'm hopeful, even though I never read it, that this book will be allowed to be on the shelves forever and a day, as a testament to the great literary giant Mr Shatter is," he said as sniggers rose.

Mind, there seems to be a split in Fianna Fail over Alan's attempts at portraying steamy shenanigans. Up popped a tweet from senator Averil Power, who snorted: "I've read more racy text on the back of a cereal box!"

Irish Independent

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