Monday 16 January 2017

Low standards in high places

Published 04/06/2010 | 05:00

SLACK standards and perceived indolence in both houses of the Oireachtas is sorely testing the public's respect for politicians in general, and engendering a growing cynicism that could shake the body politic to its roots before this recession ends.

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The Dail was suspended yesterday amid unseemly uproar after the Government decreed that it would sit for a cosmetic two days next week, after an extra-long bank holiday weekend, but that there would be no questions to ministers and no votes taken.

People watch such carry-on in dismay -- particularly those who would give their eye teeth for the privilege of doing a week's work for a fraction of a TD's salary.

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