John Drennan: 'After two-and-a-half hours in the Senate, I've had enough,' Whelan
Published 29/05/2011 | 05:00
Two-and-a-half hours was all it took for new senator Labour's John Whelan to be convinced the institution he has just been elected to is as "dead as a dodo'' and should be abolished as swiftly as possible.
Like all newly-elected figures, Whelan had entered the hallowed doors of the institution in a state of hope mixed with idealism.
But whilst David Norris, the new 'Father of the Seanad', tried to defend the ongoing existence of the embattled house by conjuring up the ghosts of senators past such as Mary Robinson, WB Yeats and Garret FitzGerald, the verdict of Whelan was as devastating as it was blunt.