Lise Hand: A flash of Christmas light at the Dail but now comes the darkness
The Ceann Comhairle's visage was sporting a semi-beatific expression as he gazed upwards at the giant Christmas tree twinkling on the lawn of Leinster House. "I think this is a very joyous occasion," he beamed.
"As Ceann Comhairle, it's one of the pleasant jobs I have inside in Leinster House, and that's to switch on the lights. Because it's very symbolic from my point of view – I hope that this symbolic turning-on of the lights will turn on light in all our lives and we begin smiling and being positive to one another again," he added, as the good vibrations only poured out of him.
Golly – was it beginning to feel a lot like Christmas?