Saturday 21 April 2018

Rotting House a result of political apathy

Our Dail has become a meaningless institution, but hey, life seems to be elsewhere, anyway, writes Eamon Delaney

If you want one good example of just how irrelevant the Dail has become in our current crisis, you could do worse than see what Fianna Fail's Michael Kennedy TD has been up to.

In the week when the IMF was camped out in Government Buildings and the FF-led Coalition presided over the collapse of the public finances and the putting in hock of future generations, what was the bold Michael's priority? He complained on the floor of the Dail about the lack of bilingual elevators in Leinster House. Yes, the deputy for Dublin North, where unemployment is rife and incomes are falling, pointed out that the lifts used in our parliamentary complex did not have announcements in Irish.

"I hope when we are told we are either going up or going down in the lift," he quipped blandly, "it will be in the cupla focal."

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