Bonhomie abounds as Dail adjourns for summer holidays
The Dail adjourned yesterday for its eight-week summer break, without any of the traditional opposition protests.
When Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett proposed the motion, there was unanimous agreement. The Dail break last summer also lasted eight weeks but it used to be longer -- 11 weeks in 2010.
The Government had achieved its key aim of getting the personal insolvency bill to help people in mortgage distress past its second stage 24 hours earlier. The bill will be passed into law when the Dail returns in September.
There was a walkout earlier of opposition TDs in protest at the lack of extra time to debate the Gaeltacht Bill. It passed all stages as a result.
It was a good day for Eamon O Cuiv. For almost five long, lonely months, he was the only backbencher in the Fianna Fail village.
A dust-up with leader Micheal Martin over the fiscal treaty referendum ended with his resignation as deputy leader.
But yesterday 'Dev Og' bounced back. Having been named last week as the party's spokesman on Agriculture, Food and Community Affairs in a reshuffle of the party's front bench, he took Leaders' Questions for Fianna Fail yesterday.
And the Galway West TD received a warm welcome from Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore who acknowledged his return to "active service".
However, perhaps Mr O Cuiv's spell in political Siberia gave him time to get to know some of his fellow deputies better.
After the mass walkout of the opposition in protest over the Gaeltacht Bill, he strolled out to the plinth surrounded by Sinn Fein TDs.