Thursday 23 November 2017

Liz O'Donnell: Boozy Dail antics have a whiff of late-night Budget debates of old

BECAUSE of the heatwave, last week's events will forever be recalled through a brighter lens. For this writer, key images will flicker to the soundtrack of Daft Punk's summer hit 'Get Lucky'. As the nation stripped off in the sunshine and headed for the beaches, all night booze-fuelled Dail sittings ensured there was plenty of fodder for the political journalists and colour writers.

The fourth and final-stage debate of the Protection of Life in Pregnancy Bill will turn out to be a classic episode in a long-running series which began 30 years ago with the Pro Life Amendment to the Constitution.

Lucinda Creighton's wrestling with her conscience in advance of her predicted exit from Government was akin to the dance of the seven veils. In the end, she was isolated when four other waverers toed the party line.

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