Wednesday 13 December 2017

Mary Mitchell O’Connor: We're supposed to craft laws, not shout personal insults

Tom Barry pulls Aine Collins onto his lap in the Dail
Tom Barry pulls Aine Collins onto his lap in the Dail

Mary Mitchell O’Connor

THE onset of the silly season seems to make bad behaviour by politicians worse. Bad behaviour of various kinds, from different sides of the House, whether it's a senator's extraordinary attribution of Hitler qualities to Minister Richard Bruton, the Lapgate incident involving my colleague Tom Barry, or the wording Senator David Norris used, and withdrew a day later, in an attack on Regina Doherty.

Personal attacks, whether in the Seanad, on the floor of Dail Eireann or on the plinth outside it, should be banned.

We're legislators, not reality TV contestants. We're supposed to be crafting the laws to govern our republic, not get headlines through personal abuse.

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