Monday 18 December 2017

Our leaders rest as nation suffers

ONLY the French would have the elan to enshrine the August departure of the entire political and administrative class from Paris in a single phrase.

Sadly when it comes to what the French call ''le grande depart des vacances'' they are not unique, for Ireland experienced its own ''grande depart'' courtesy of the secret flight of the ministers after their final Cabinet meeting on Monday.

Of course we have already had a "petit depart", when the Dail shut down at the beginning of July for a summer recess that will only end in the last week of September. But the impotence of that legislative chamber means it matters little, beyond cultivating the appearance of having a functioning democracy, whether the Dail lives or dies.

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