The former secretary-general at the Department of Finance, John Moran, has strongly criticised the membership of the new Dail for refusing to engage in a "mature debate" on the future of rural Ireland - and warned that the country can no longer afford to subsidise the personal choices that people make, when they elect to live in the countryside.
It was the night before the latest pointless vote for Taoiseach. Fine Gael TDs and senators gathered for their parliamentary meeting in their dedicated room on the fifth floor of Leinster House. Enda Kenny trundled in, working his way to the top of the room, a handshake here, a quiet word there.
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