Thursday 22 February 2018

Willie O'Dea: Why Dail reform will remain nothing but a chimera

We were promised a revolution, yet the 'glorified Punch and Judy show' continues, writes Willie O'Dea

Dail: A lopsided karaoke show where everyone does a turn
Dail: A lopsided karaoke show where everyone does a turn

Willie O'Dea

DID you hear the one about Dail reform? There isn't any. Barring a few cosmetic and tokenistic gestures in recent years masquerading as Dail reform, the system we inherited from the British in 1922 has remained largely intact and untouched. The Government is behaving like all its predecessors.

Ditto the opposition. The glorified Punch and Judy show continues uninterrupted. That is the main reason why more and more of the electorate are becoming alienated from the system. The Government promised nothing less than a constitutional revolution.

A revolution? What has happened could barely be described as an insurrection. When the Government's proposals for this "revolution" were finally dragged out of it, they proved to be the dampest of damp squibs.

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