The joke has really worn off
Two days after we learned that he had knowingly under-declared VAT of €1.4m on apartment sales over a period of nearly two years, Wexford TD Mick Wallace is still clinging grimly to his Dail seat. Despite having been exposed as a tax evader, and quite a serious one at that, he still seems to think that there is nothing wrong with him continuing to serve as a TD.
The events of the past five years have done nothing to bolster public confidence in our politicians and political institutions.
The bank guarantee, subsequent bank bailouts, national bankruptcy and the accompanying savage budgets and property price collapse have all combined to leave the Irish public extremely angry at our public representatives and the assemblies to which we elect them.