Thursday 8 December 2016

Lise Hand: All roads lead to ruin for Caligula Cowen's empire

Published 11/11/2010 | 05:00

'It's like the last days of the Roman Empire around here at the moment, Taoiseach," declared a weary Pat Rabbitte at the very end of a dispiriting Order of Business in the Dail yesterday.

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"Would it not be better that you would get into your car and go to the Aras and dissolve the Dail and let's return some certainty and confidence to the governance of this country?" he asked -- with the forlorn air of someone who already knows that the answer is going to be resoundingly in the negative.

Well, the peppery Pat wasn't entirely accurate. Leinster House is no forum for the sort of libidinous carry-on associated with those tottering last days of Rome (though it would be rather fun if it was). There are no rampant, toga-clad senators ordering slave-boys and girls to peel grapes and join them in the bath (though there could be this class of hanky-panky in the Dail's Members' Bar, which isn't open to the plebs).

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