If TDs won't stand for Dáil prayers, maybe 'Songs of Praise' will get them on their feet
Prayers in Dáil Éireann? My alternative solution to this controversial question - since secularists continue to be opposed to it - is to begin proceedings with a hymn.
A hymn brings people together in the spirit of community. A hymn can be rousing, sonorous, reflective or soulful, and it is a known medical fact that singing out loud helps the heart and the lungs, and even stimulates the brain.
Hymns can be specific, but they can also be ecumenical and multi-cultural. I attended a Sunday Mass in Navan a few months ago, where the African priest in the pulpit, embarking on a homily, broke into a dazzling rendering of 'Amazing Grace'. Surely a fine hymn to start parliamentary proceedings!