Lise Hand: Forgotten children of Irish politics lap up day in sun
Posses of pinstriped chaps trooping down the staircase clutching folders of facts and figures and explications have become a regular sight these days in Leinster House.
For the CEOs and directors and top dogs of this-and-that company/organisation/agency are only stacked up like planes over Heathrow outside the Oireachtas committee rooms, awaiting either a light or torrid grilling from the members assembled within.
It may be the depths of winter, but the Oireachtas committees are having a moment in the sun right now. For the past few lonely years as the economic Ice Age froze the marrow of the citizenry, committees fast became the forgotten child of Irish politics. All the gripping dramas were publically and loudly played out in the Dail or in the Bundestag or anywhere the troika laid their hat.