Friday 19 January 2018

Lise Hand: Captain Burton takes the wheel and shows how the good ship should be steered

PEOPLE may not have realised it, but we had a free house yesterday. Both the head and the deputy head of Government, aka the Taoiseach and Tanaiste, were gadding about New York like a couple of swells (or a trio of swells, if one counts Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, who tagged along too).

So who was left at home to keep an eye on the kids and make sure we didn't go mad altogether, spending money on slabs of beer and posting open invitations on Facebook to an all-night party?

And who, more importantly, would be entrusted with taking Leaders' Questions in the absence of both Enda and Eamon? From the outside it might look like a snoozefest of self-serving questions and evasive answers interspersed with the odd outbreak of synchronised shouting (actually, sometimes from the inside it looks like that too), but it has its perils.

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