Friday 9 December 2016

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'. Photo: Getty
'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'. Photo: Getty

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.

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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.

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