John Drenna: The last political bruiser pulls no punches on vote
The fragile Coalition would do well to adopt the blunt approach of Pat Rabbitte
After yet another week that brought us yet 'another fine mess', this Government cannot reach the sanctuary of the Christmas recess fast enough. The Laurel and Hardy-style regime of Enda and Eamon will survive but the damage done by the departure of a single TD, Colm Keaveney, is the measure of the palsied state of the 'grey old men'.
In a reverse of the old adage about how the punch you don't see coming is the one that does the damage, the irony surrounding Keaveney's decision is that Labour saw that particular danger clearly.
This meant that having been forewarned, forearmed and having babysat Labour's turbulent priest at great peril to their personal sanity, the departure of Keaveney, amidst a flurry of tributes to the excellent work Joan Burton was doing, was all the more alarming.