Saturday 18 November 2017

Mick Wallace has done the State service over Nama

Mick Wallace
Mick Wallace

Shane Ross

My elderly mother was, until recently, a devotee of RTE's Oireachtas Report. It gave her an excuse for some gentle upbraiding of her unruly son. Most of her good-humoured criticism targeted my less-than-perfect dress in the chamber. Although I have never expected to win the 'Best-dressed TD of the Year' award, I found the maternal chiding more wounding than anything Enda Kenny could fling across the floor. One day she asked me the name of that "very interesting-looking person" sitting beside me.

Her tone was mildly disapproving. I grasped in an instant who she meant. The sight of Mick Wallace sitting in the Dail was a bit of a culture shock to a conventional citizen.

Personally, I too would prefer that he looked less exotic because his appearance tends to provoke more comment than his performance.

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