Saturday 20 January 2018

Time for a radical shift to a new generation of talented politicians

It's time for the main players in this tragic farce to exit the stage and let a new cast take over, writes Jody Corcoran

It is advisable to stay out of Leinster House if you want to know what is really going on. Last weekend I was in Madeira, the sub-tropical island about an hour's flight from Portugal. It is a lovely place.

Now 250 MEPs and officials are on what they call a "study break" in Madeira. Important work is said -- by the MEPs -- to be taking place. It is another example of how our politicians still take us to be complete fools.

But in the parallel universe wherein they exist, talk of such extravagance is "all shite", according to Jim Higgins, a Fine Gael MEP, holed up in a five-star hotel overlooking the sea.

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