Wednesday 22 November 2017

Child and family bill deserves better than politics as usual

19/02/2015 An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD during Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) launch of first phase of loans for SMEs and agri-business at The Liffey Trust Centre, Dublin. The SBCI is a new, strategic SME funding company, established by the Government to ensure access to flexible funding for Irish SMEs by facilitating: Lower cost and longer maturity funding to financial institutions, which is passed on to SMEs & Market access for new entrants to the SME lending market, creating real competition. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
19/02/2015 An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny TD during Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) launch of first phase of loans for SMEs and agri-business at The Liffey Trust Centre, Dublin. The SBCI is a new, strategic SME funding company, established by the Government to ensure access to flexible funding for Irish SMEs by facilitating: Lower cost and longer maturity funding to financial institutions, which is passed on to SMEs & Market access for new entrants to the SME lending market, creating real competition. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
James Downey

James Downey

Jim Daly, Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, took part in a panel discussion on the Vincent Browne programme a few nights ago. I couldn't help wondering how many of the viewers had ever heard of him.

Deputy Daly is one of the more interesting backbenchers in the Dáil. He speaks with great fluency. He has an excellent grasp of the subjects he discusses. And he does not hesitate to express what are obviously his own views, not something dictated to him by a party whip or adviser.

But to be a backbencher, especially a Government backbencher, is seldom a path to celebrity.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss