Taking the Mick
• The news that the Dail Committee on Members' Interests cannot continue to look into Mick Wallace's situation as a TD is a sign of the general laxity of our rules for regulating TDs' conduct.
In any other company or public appointment, the relevant watchdog authority would have teeth. In the Dail, the watchdog (in this case the Committee on Members' Interests) needs a new set of dentures. Why? Because Mr Wallace refuses to provide the committee with the relevant information.
How would a judge in a commercial court react if in a bankruptcy proceeding, the alleged bankrupt refused to disclose all the relevant information? I would guess the debtor in question would receive a frosty reception, to put it mildly.