Latest smoking proposals are about control, not health
There used to be a well-worn phrase that all political careers end in failure. But not in Ireland, oh no.
In fact, in Ireland, political failure just means you get sent to the Seanad.
Like those parachute payments in the Premier League which give the relegated clubs bundles of cash to help them cope, we also like to throw our rejected politicians a bone to soften the blow of being relegated from their seat.