Thursday 19 January 2017

Dail bully-boys threaten our democracy

Coalition doesn't even bother to hide its contempt for voters as it stifles debate, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 17/02/2013 | 04:00

Suppose I said that Michael Noonan, the Minister for Finance, was lying in the Dail last Tuesday. It wouldn't be true, but suppose I said it. Would I be in trouble? No – I'd simply withdraw the remark. "I withdraw the remark." No harm done. That's how it works in the Dail. You can say anything you like – then formally withdraw it and you're off the hook.

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I have no evidence whatever to suggest that Mr Noonan lied in the Dail. I made the above remark only to illustrate a point about the Government's current assault on democracy – as shown by events in the Dail last week and the week before.

Assault on democracy? An exaggeration, surely?

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