To govern is to choose - so the minister has tough choices ahead
The silly season is upon us but politicians should stop backing schemes that will blow the budget
The Dail recess commenced last Friday - the annual signal for the abandonment of serious politics until the autumn.
In case anyone failed to notice, Transport Minister Shane Ross helpfully proposed that Ireland should offer to host the Olympic Games, thus formally inaugurating the silly season.
But the week also contained the summer economic statement, setting a sobering background for October's budget, and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released revised estimates of economic activity in recent years, following on from the realisation that figures prepared in line with the European statistical conventions have become meaningless for Ireland.