Mandy Johnston: Committees have become show trials which make Dail seem irrelevant
"As long as there is anything to be gained by saying nothing, it is always better to say nothing than anything." - Sir Humphrey Appleby
The growing irrelevance of Dail Eireann in informing and shaping public debate became patently apparent this week.
On two separate occasions, issues of national importance and public concern were thrashed out in a supposed backwater of our legislative structure, the Oireachtas committees.