Lucinda still to decide on her party piece
Despite all the publicity we are still none the wiser about the true agenda for the Reform Alliance.
The MacGill Summer School, a political talk-in (oh, how they talk!) held annually at Glenties in Co Donegal receives a great deal of news coverage. At least, that is how the coverage is described. But very little news comes out of it, and the coverage might be regarded by a cynic as being more a space-filling boon for the media in a month when the journalistic silly season is getting into full swing.
A considerable amount of space, for instance, has been devoted this week to Lucinda Creighton, the Independent TD for Dublin South East and former Junior Minister for European Affairs, who addressed the gathering on the issue of political transparency and support for "the European Dream".
What she said was fairly close to being identical to a speech she made in the Dail recently, when she accused the Taoiseach of being "ungentlemanly and scurrilous" in his remarks about what she called her "concerns for transparency and serving Ireland's national interests."