In the Dail abattoir, the cattle know who is marked for death
Well-meaning TDs who give noble speeches but neglect their backyards are dead on their feet, writes Willie O'Dea
On Tuesday, the Dail returns for its last session before the General Election, whether that happens in November this year or at the end of February next year.
Either way, it will be a tense time for many of the TDs. A lot of them will be starting to seriously wonder if they will be still be TDs in a few months' time.
About 15 know for sure that they won't. They are easy to detect. They are the ones who look the most relaxed and calm. They are doing as much work as they ever have, it is just that they do it in a considerably less frantic and less worried manner than their colleagues.