Lise Hand: Megaphone Barrett finally in with a shout
Christmas is coming early for Richard Boyd Barrett. For this week when the Dail returns he gets the chance to officially excoriate the Government in the chamber without being barked back into order by a choleric Ceann Comhairle.
There has been a changing of the guard among the Dail's Technical Group, and two new speakers have been chosen to quiz the Government during Leaders' Questions and the Order of Business.
Dublin North-Central Independent Finian McGrath has been replaced by Donegal South-West Independent Thomas Pringle, and Joe Higgins of the Socialist Party has passed the left-wing baton to Dun Laoghaire deputy Richard Boyd Barrett, a chap associated with more initials than the average consultant medic, from the PBP (People Before Profit), ULA (United Left Alliance), to the SWP (Socialist Workers' Party). The third Technical Group deputy, Dublin South's Shane Ross, is retaining his spot as a speaker.