Sunday 11 December 2016

Unacceptable face of politics

Published 22/01/2010 | 05:00

Could the authorities at Leinster House not show a little more compassion for back-bench deputies trying to get their visage on national TV during Dail broadcasts?

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I refer to the necessity of Deputy PJ Sheehan to crane his neck forwards, almost on to the shoulder of his esteemed leader Enda Kenny in front, every time the latter rises to speak. Despite his smiling countenance throughout these forward leans into the limelight, there can be little doubt that Mr Sheehan is experiencing great discomfort in this unnatural position as he automatically springs back bolt-upright on conclusion of Enda's contribution. TG4 is not at all co-operative in PJ's quest for exposure, as it insists on putting its logo right smack bang just where his head materialises in the top corner of the screen.

Surely the Ceann Comhairle can allow Mr Sheehan to place a suitably approved facsimile of his head on the rail behind Enda, thereby removing the disconcerting presence of the real thing from Enda's left ear, and allowing PJ to assume the dignified seated posture befitting a TD.

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