Government just doesn't care about the human rights of Irish citizens
Enda Kenny has gotten a lot of grief lately for failing to take a firm stance on IBRC but yesterday he proved he's not afraid to get to grips with at least one kind of bank - his local bottle bank. Yes, our glorious leader took time out of his hectic schedule to officially open a new bottle bank in a car park in Castlebar.
It's sad, really. In the good old days, when government ministers were glad-handing in their constituencies, they were at least able to commandeer a helicopter and swoop in to open an off-licence or a supermarket. Now, the best the Taoiseach can do is cut the ribbon for some recycling bins. A stark reminder, if we needed one, of just how far the country has fallen.
As Mr Kenny spent the morning trying to find a suitable Seamus Heaney poem to befit the majesty of the occasion in Mayo, civil society groups from Ireland were also busy. They were at a UN meeting in Geneva describing how austerity has ravaged the lives of the most vulnerable.