Wednesday 29 March 2017

Now is the time to start a proper reform of the Dail

It is vital that any changes should be made before a new Taoiseach is chosen

First past the post: Willie O'Dea (Fianna Fail) celebrates with his supporters after being elected on the first count in Limerick during the General Election Photo: Gareth Williams / Press 22
First past the post: Willie O'Dea (Fianna Fail) celebrates with his supporters after being elected on the first count in Limerick during the General Election Photo: Gareth Williams / Press 22

Willie O'Dea

Where the Wedding Feast of Cana saw water being turned into wine, the Siege of Kenagh that was the Longford/Westmeath count was so confused, lengthy and frustrating that it would have turned that wine into vinegar.

The drama and emotion of that long count has probably left a sour taste in the mouth for winners and losers alike. While I am happy to see Willie Penrose back in Leinster House, I also know that the Dail will be a less exciting place for TDs and journalists alike without a character like James Bannon there.

Now that the Siege of Kenagh is over and we know the final outcome of the 2016 General Election, we can properly reflect on what has just happened. It is not really that complicated, and can be summed up in a few short lines.

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