36 thoughts on “A Trickle, Not A Flood

  1. socmot

    Not this old chestnut again.
    I work in Leinster House. For a TD. Leinster House had TDs of all stripes present last week every day it was sitting. High numbers of TDs are present in Leinster House 5 days of the week.

    But TDs are not always sitting in the Dail when it is in progress. They are in committees, in meetings, and most all in their offices, working on legislation, speeches, committee work, constituency issues, which have TV and those TVs are switched on to the Dail feed, which all TDs watch at all times.

    That is actually how it is. The fact that they are not physically in the Dail chamber itself is categorically wrong.

    1. socmot

      Sorry. Late at night as I write. What I meant yo say at the end of my initial post was –
      The fact that they are not physically in the Dail chamber should not be taken to mean TDs are not doing the job they are elected to do, which is to serve and represent their constituents. Such an assumption would is categorically wrong.

          1. Continuity Jay-Z

            the smae problem with the GAA. The camera gantry is always on the stand side. You are looking at an empty terrace, especially during the National League.

            The Dail camera should be pointing to the hard working side of the House (Shinners and the Technical Group)

    2. f_lawless

      ye can try and justify it all you want but the way I see it, there must be something wrong with the system when such pertinent public issues are up for discussion in the Dail but yet it’s virtually empty. At the very least, in the modern media age we live in, what kind of message does this inspire in the electorate?

      1. f_lawless

        I mean to say , at the very least, I thought TD’s would have gotten together by now and realised an empty Dail is something to be avoided. That, and laughing frivously like some kind of “boys club” when discussing serious public issues. It’s bad PR!

    3. Drogg

      When something as important as the exemptions for the water charges is being discussed you think they could waddle themselves down from their office into the chamber. But the fact of the matter is they don’t give a toss about anything except there own selfish piece of the dail pie.

  2. Panty Christ

    From January 2015 they’ll all be back at the parish pump saving their seats. Not a tap will be done in the chamber next year

  3. Anne

    “They are in committees, in meetings, and most all in their offices, working on legislation, speeches, committee work, constituency issues, which have TV and those TVs are switched on to the Dail feed, which all TDs watch at all times.”

    Watching the live Dail feed, of eh, no one, as they’re all elsewhere? Hmmm k.

    I briefly flicked between RTE’s Sunday morning mass and a replay of the week’s Dail debate, earlier.. dismal doesn’t begin to describe it.

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