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Lise Hand: Martini time as new Dail shaken but not stirred into action

Published 25/03/2011 | 05:00

WHERE was all the shouting and roaring? Where were all the half-baked heckles hurled by the Opposition at a row of sneery ministers? What had happened to the rambunctious pandemonium that inevitably broke out on Thursday mornings during the last mayhem-filled 30th Dail when all that was missing was a blizzard of paper planes whizzing about the chamber?

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If ever there was evidence required to underline just how much the political landscape has shifted, then yesterday's Order of Business in the Dail provided proof enough.

Instead of a tense Calamity Coughlan walking verbal tightropes while the opposition ran amok, Gung Ho Gilmore was settled comfortably into the Tanaiste's spot and never once broke out into a light sweat.

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