Monday 18 December 2017

James Downey: What on earth is this 'new' regime actually achieving?

OFF they go, then, for their badly needed summer break. And, this time, the Dail deputies really do need it. They need a pause for reflection.

Not that deputies -- or ministers -- go in much for reflection. At the best of times, they are bewildered by the volume of mostly useless work and the demands, sometimes conflicting, of their constituents and the party whips.

And, at a terrible time like the present, their bewilderment is doubled and redoubled. Few of them can come to terms with the debt crisis and the dire economic prospects.

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