In a major Houses of the Oireachtas Commission survey which was leaked earlier this week, officials found that a large number of people working in Leinster House have suffered significant bullying and harassment.
The suggestion by Minister Joe Costello that the approval of the electorate in a referendum would be sufficient to stop the payment of pensions and allowances to those against whom adverse findings have been made by the Mahon Tribunal reports is worthy of serious consideration as an unambiguous component of reform.
REPORTS that Senator Ivor Callely has been paid more than €80,000 since 2007 in respect of travel expenses from an address in west Cork to Leinster House is a further example of the greedy behaviour that vexes voters so intensely that it cost Peter Robinson and many other outgoing MPs their parliamentary seats in the recent British general election.
THE RECENT summit of the entire cohort of Irish bishops, the Pope and senior members of the Roman Curia seems to have been little more than a self-serving display of pious political theatre based on a disjointed script played before an increasingly sceptical and despairing Irish public.
THE trademark ruddiness of John O’Donoghue’s face must have deepened and contrasted ever more starkly with the pale pastel hues decorating the Georgian walls of his Leinster House fiefdom as he pleaded with Eamon Gilmore not to damn him into oblivion on the Dáil floor.