Thursday 17 August 2017

New politics facilitates TDs who simply want to moan about everything

Leo Varadkar and Arts Minister Heather Humphreys at Poetry Ireland’s HQ. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Leo Varadkar and Arts Minister Heather Humphreys at Poetry Ireland’s HQ. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

There is literally no end to the amount of whinging that goes on in Leinster House. The Government complains it is being curtailed from running the country by 'new politics', the Opposition moans that it's the 'Do Nothing Dáil' and the media are generally just cranky anyway.

But the grumbling usually peaks around 3pm on Tuesday afternoons when the weekly schedule is announced.

Under arrangements brought in to try to ensure some level of consensus in the disparate Dáil, a 'business committee' made up of members from each party was set up to pre-agree the agenda. And yet, week after week, somebody from the Opposition benches screams and howls that either they don't agree with the timetable or feel short-changed by the speaking allocations.

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