Tuesday 21 November 2017

Lise Hand: Disorder of Business tip of the iceberg as chaos reigns in Dail

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

There was uproar in the Dail chamber. Skin and hair was flying all over the place. Twice proceedings had to be suspended by a yelling Ceann Comhairle because Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore were on the rampage. There was roaring, finger-pointing, insults tossed about like snuff at a wake, heckles hurled and hackles raised.

Ah, it was like the good old days were back. For a glorious hour or so yesterday, the crew of the ill-starred HSS Titanic Cock-Up were a happy bunch. But all this was swept aside for an unmerciful by-election barney between a chamber-full of deputies who were only delighted with the distraction. Compared to the recent dismal topics up for debate in the Dail sessions, a scrap over something as politically prosaic as a backlog of by-elections was practically a day at the beach.

And all holy hell broke loose from the get-go of the Order of Business. The Ceann Comhairle Seamus Kirk had barely opened his trap to inquire if the proposals for the day's business were agreed to, when Enda rocketed out of his seat like a sandy-haired jack-in-the-box.

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