Dáil privilege to be discussed at last . . . in the Dáil
It was an era when many of us - this writer included - tried to blame the printers, sometimes rightly and sometimes wrongly, for various mishaps.
Up at Leinster House the printers were traditionally used as the alibi for TDs not returning until the Wednesday of a week in which a bank holiday fell. The story went that the printers just could not horse out all those order papers, agendas and other documentation needed to prime those parliamentary guff sessions, in time for a Tuesday afternoon session.
There was an air of mystery about whose idea it was for the national parliament to shut for the entire week last week. It was not mid-term or any one of a variety of holidays or high-days.