Thursday 18 January 2018

Máiría takes her seat in the Seanad - and she has lots to choose from

Mairia Cahill
Mairia Cahill
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The bongs of the division bell seemed to be booming on the corridors longer than was either polite or usual. By this stage - almost 10.40am - the Dáil was in full (or perhaps half) swing, so the Seanad had to be the culprit.

And sure enough, the bells were dolefully tolling in a Trojan effort to get a sufficiency of senatorial bums on seats to reach a quorum from among their 60 members. And what is the quorum? 20? Or is it as modest as 10?

Nope. The number of warm bodies required in the Upper House for the first item on the day's schedule - Commencement Matters - is a paltry half-dozen. But a six-pack of senators could not be rustled up on the third and final day of their working week.

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