A shot at redemption
IT will be a much-changed Dail when deputies come back next spring after the General Election. So many of the old guard are bowing out, for a variety of reasons. It is to be expected that quite a few more will take that decision over the coming weeks. Simply put, the time has come to call it a day. They will not leave empty-handed. Many of those they have represented over the years will look enviously at the rewards enjoyed in retirement.
With such a large exodus, is there reason to hope that young, fresh, reforming blood will flow through the clogged arteries of our political system? Cynics -- and they abound at this time -- are entitled to believe little will change. They can point to the reality that there has been no marked improvement up to now.
In many ways it will be the responsibility of those in real power to do something. They have spent long enough in Opposition demanding reform and proclaiming what they would do if they held the reins. Their day may be coming, but will they have the will to make it different next time?