Three months' break a sketch too far for TDs
Published 27/05/2016 | 02:30
After taking three months to put a Government together and finally get down to work, our TDs are now on the brink of taking a three-month summer break. You simply couldn't make it up. If this was the subject of a satirical sketch on 'Hall's Pictorial Weekly', 'Scrap Saturday' or 'The Mario Rosenstock Show' over the years, the audience would be in stitches laughing at the farcical prospect.
Bleakly, however, it is for real. The powers that be in Leinster House believe it is acceptable for the Dáil to rise for three months. The break is apparently to facilitate renovation works in the ageing Kildare Street facility.
The works can wait. The public cannot. Following the damage done to the reputation of our national parliament by the prevarication around the formation of an administration, the Dáil cannot afford another blow to its credibility.
It was bad enough that a good third of our TDs saw themselves as having no responsibility for forming a government. Likewise, the amount of time taken by the other two-thirds to put together an administration, the outcome of which was obvious from the start, was deeply depressing.
Just because Leinster House needs some repairs does not mean the Dáil cannot sit. Erect a portacabin in the Merrion Square side front garden, move into the National Museum next door or head down to a lecture hall in Trinity College Dublin and simply sit there.
The notion that this would be acceptable to the public shows there is no new political thinking as this is classical old school. No other business in the country would dream of shutting up shop for a quarter of the year for renovations.
It's time for our TDs to earn their pay.