Thursday 8 December 2016

James Downey: Formation of a Government is desirable, but Dáil reform is an absolute necessity

Published 19/03/2016 | 02:30

The Dáil chamber. Photo: Tony Gavin
The Dáil chamber. Photo: Tony Gavin

For almost as long as I can remember, people in Ireland and neighbouring countries have enjoyed making snide comments about the curious way in which British governments change. The strangest thing about this operation is the absence of ceremony - the very opposite of the pomp and fancy dress that characterise events around the House of Commons.

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Instead of wigs and gowns we see outgoing prime ministers leaving Downing Street in a remarkably hugger mugger fashion.

The furniture vans are at the back door. The grandees who have lost office have finished packing their private stuff. Next, they have to start the search for an obscure bench to sit on.

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