Addressing grassroots issue: the Dail's lawn
The Coalition may be in need of a spot of relationship counselling, the economy is still mighty precarious, and the nascent banking inquiry is turning into a Marx Brothers movie before it even begins, but Keeping Up Appearances is still of national importance, according to one senator.
During the order of business this week, the Hyacinth Bucket of the Seanad, Fine Gael's Terry Brennan, chose to ignore the burning issues of the day and instead became most exercised over the scruffy state of the Leinster House lawn, above. "Although we do not have that much greenery, the standard is absolutely appalling for our parliament,'' he griped. "Unless the grass can be cut and the flower-bed maintained from a sit-on lawnmower, it does not happen".
Woe is us. Honestly, sometimes one wonders if the denizens of Leinster House aren't cutting the grass because they're too busy smoking it.