Gene Kerrigan: A hard reign should be made to fall. . .
There was a total power cut at Leinster House at about 5pm on Friday. All power and phone lines went dead. A number of French diplomats present -- and about to leave after a visit to the Taoiseach's office -- must have been nervous, if only for a short while. Unable to leave, perhaps they joked about the Irish Government being unable to pay its electricity bill. Or, an uneasy thought -- was this, at last, a sign that the "fighting Irish" had thrown off their fear and timidity?