THE 31st Dail promised change but, so far, has mostly failed to deliver. We should be grateful, then, to the 24th Senate, particularly as it brings us standout Labour senator John Whelan, who has made his mark.
A former journalist, late of this parish, where, as you know, we do not suffer fools gladly, Whelan has shown himself to be nobody's fool, least of all a fool in a system that has made a virtue of mediocrity.
He is from the midlands, after all, where common sense is fed as a supplement to mothers' milk, and he is in good company down those parts, to his north and east. Labour can be grateful to its rural wing.