Friday 20 October 2017

Mandy Johnston: Committees have become show trials which make Dail seem irrelevant

‘I don’t want the truth, I want something I can tell Parliament’: Derek Fowlds as Bernard Wooley and Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby, civil servants to Paul Eddington’s Minister James Hacker
‘I don’t want the truth, I want something I can tell Parliament’: Derek Fowlds as Bernard Wooley and Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby, civil servants to Paul Eddington’s Minister James Hacker
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

"As long as there is anything to be gained by saying nothing, it is always better to say nothing than anything." - Sir Humphrey Appleby

The growing irrelevance of Dail Eireann in informing and shaping public debate became patently apparent this week.

On two separate occasions, issues of national importance and public concern were thrashed out in a supposed backwater of our legislative structure, the Oireachtas committees.

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