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James Downey: Without reform we're doomed to repeat same old mistakes

Published 01/02/2011 | 05:00

TODAY, the 30th Dail will be dissolved. We won't miss it. Its term has been inglorious, its ending chaotic. These past four years have done no service to Irish parliamentary democracy.

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Sidelining of the legislature by the executive has occurred frequently in other countries. But Ireland is a special case and has never been more so than in the lifetime of the 30th Dail.

Never mind the sound and fury during Leaders' Questions. That has achieved nothing more than a little favourable publicity for opposition leaders, usually Eamon Gilmore, and glimpses of Brian Cowen's moods, switching from glum to angry and back again. The effect on the governance of the country has been zero.

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