Lise Hand: Jibe over cardboard cutouts becomes a standing joke for TD
FINE Gael TD Bernard Durkan couldn't really be blamed for throwing out a few wisecracks towards the end of yesterday's Order of Business.
He surveyed the government benches opposite him where large balls of tumbleweed were slowly wheeling along the empty seats, encountering only the odd Fianna Fail TD along their path. Even the frontbench was semi-deserted, with the Government fort being held by two ministers, Mary Coughlan and Martin Cullen.
"In the absence of a large number of ministers," he began, before the Leas Cheann Comhairle cut in, fearing that one of Bernard's windy speeches was on the way. "The deputy should ask a relevant and brief question," warned Brendan Howlin.