Lise Hand: Jaws hit the floor as genuine shock takes the place of faux outrage
THERE was a slight feel of a deserted village to Leinster House for the first half of the day. Most of the front bench were spending the morning at the annual 1916 commemoration in Arbour Hill, and various TDs and senators were out and about the constituencies, knocking on doors with eager local election candidates.
And in the Dail chamber it seemed like business as usual. Alan Shatter was on his feet, wearing his Minister of Defence chapeau, answering questions with his customary blend of confidence and pugnaciousness.
There was even a trademark snipe at Clare Daly who was quizzing him over the use of Shannon Airport by US military aircraft. "The deputy might have been a fan of Osama bin Laden but I am not sure what relevance he has to this matter," he suggested to his unimpressed opponent.