Saturday 16 December 2017

Tide has already gone out on this new Dáil - time to dive in again

TDs take their seats in the Dáil. Photo: Maxwell's
TDs take their seats in the Dáil. Photo: Maxwell's

Gerard O'Regan

We are heading full steam ahead towards another general election as the gamesmanship and codology of recent days stutter to an end.

The shape of things to come has become increasingly clear. But in the process, Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin have unwittingly left themselves rightly snookered. This will become more obvious once the huff and puff about side issues such as Dáil reform are out of the way. Then there is going to be much less scope for the completely irrelevant soundbite.

Post-election, Walter Mitty-style politics - perhaps inevitable in the circumstances - are now over. But it sure did give rise to some fanciful musings about different relationships in the Dáil. For example, talking to Fianna Fáil's Eamon O'Cuiv, he assured me that on a personal level, he has the most cordial of relations with some non-Fine Gael TDs, such as Independents Clare Daly, and Mick Wallace.

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