Monday 20 November 2017

More women in Dail will be a game-changer for politics

Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Taoiseach Enda Kenny

As deputies scatter to the bosom of their constituencies for their summer break, there is considerable relief all round. It has been a hectic few months of controversial politics and high drama. A heady mix of abortion legislation and the outcry over the Anglo Tapes disclosures have raised the temperature of the body politic and the nation like never before.

For those of us out of the fray and observing from the sidelines, there are occasions when a longing to be in the thick of it returns. However, it is a fleeting thing, like a nicotine hit, which soon passes.

While one might miss the substance of the work, the legislation, policy and party wrangles, only the masochist could miss the toxicity, which has become so prevalent of late. Public anger about institutional failures and economic penury means that politics has become much more challenging as a profession.

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