Doubt on Government cohesion and ability
Almost nine months after he first announced that tenants would have so-called "rent certainty" the Environment Minister, Alan Kelly, only yesterday finally got his Government colleagues' approval for the measure.
And more than five months after the Government promised an inquiry into concerns about taxpayers' money in dealing with the horror legacy of the old Anglo Irish Bank, yesterday we learned the full extent of the legal obstacles which are impeding such an inquiry from starting work.
The rent policy delay speaks to this Government's lack of cohesion, and proneness to entrenched divisions, which lead to occasional unseemly public rows. The legal hitch in the commission of inquiry, apparent for quite some time but only revealed this week, raises questions about the Government's competence and commitment to serving the citizens' interests first and foremost.