Captain Kenny clears the decks and avoids any sharks lurking in election waters
A TD walked into the bar (this isn't the start of a joke, now) in Leinster House at lunchtime and looked around her. "It's very quiet, isn't it?" she remarked. The handful of patrons partaking of bowls of soup agreed that yes, it was fierce quiet indeed.
There's a touch of the Mary Celeste about Leinster House these days. Captain Kenny and his officers are rooted to the bridge of the ship, assiduously avoiding choppy waters, icebergs, whirlpools and sharks.
The only object of interest on the horizon is the looming General Election. Decks are being briskly cleared of lingering legislation, bad ideas flung overboard or kicked as far as possible down the road and old policies reheated and relaunched, job announcements are lined up like traffic on the M50 and photo-opportunities have ministers circling like seagulls over a 99 cone.