Dail Eireann, The National Parliament of the Irish people, is a farce, a joke institution. It’s an institution that I personally hold in absolute contempt and I am convinced that the great majority of Irish people feel the same. It’s nothing more than an ineffective talking shop that has no relevance whatsoever to the every day worries of the average Irish citizen.
Nothing exemplifies the worthlessness of this institution better than an incident that took place there yesterday (RTE News, 5th item). The new Criminal Justice Bill was being debated. This bill will make serious changes in the law concerning mandatory sentencing, bail and most crucially the right to silence.
While opposition TDs were asking questions and making criticisms of the bill Michael McDowell, Minister for Justice and Tanaiste who is the author of this bill and who, at the time, was representing our Prime Minister in our Parliament – was doing a crossword puzzle.
As I said, a contemptuous institution that deserves nothing but derision.