It's time our politicians showed proper respect for the House - and each other
Deputies enjoy the Leaders' Questions slot in the Dáil, but for the wrong reasons. When this procedure was introduced a few years ago, some thought it would improve the standard of debate and make it easier for opposition party leaders to extract information from the government of the day.
Instead, it has contributed to the debasement of the system. Deputies attend the Chamber in the hope of "a good row". Too often, they get what they wish for.
Mind you, they have little difficulty finding occasions for good rows in addition to Leaders' Questions. The Dáil descends into disorder with dismaying frequency, sometimes when discussing issues on which there is no disagreement - like their notorious fondness for long holidays.