Draconian impact of Stalinist law
LAST Thursday evening, as the Dail limped into its Easter recess, the action was elsewhere.
Journalists were occupied in Meath at Helen McEntee's by-election victory. Triumphant Fine Gael TDs were descending on the count centre in Ashbourne to celebrate. Many rural members had headed home early as no divisions were due. Leinster House was virtually empty.
Just as the House was adjourning, one of the nastiest pieces of legislation for decades silently surfaced into the political ether. A dull little item, innocently called the 'Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill' was posted on the Department of Justice website.