The cost of running this show over the duration of the Dáil is €150 million, surely way to much for a house that has no powers, but has often been used as a place to put political failures or those on the way up.
With default on the national debt a very real possibility and the level of cut backs in public services, surely it is time to disband it once and for all.
In a welcome move, half of the Taoiseach appointee's come from outside the world of politics, and there is even a custy number for the President's number 2, Martin McAleese.
Nice to see sporting legend Eamonn Coghlan among them.
Here's the full list -
- Martin McAleese, Dental Surgeon and Presidential husband.
- Mary Moran, Teacher
- Mary Ann O’Brien, Businesswoman and co-founder of Jack & Jill Foundation
- Marie Louise O’Donnell, Educationalist
- Jillian van Turnhout, Childrens Rights Alliance
- Katherine Zappone, Member of the Irish Human Rights Commission
- Eamonn Coghlan; Director, Crumlin Children’s Medical & Research Foundation
- Jim Darcy, Teacher & Member of Louth County Council
- Aideen Hayden, Solicitor & Chairperson of Threshold
- Lorraine Higgins, Barrister
- Fiach MacConghail, Director of Abbey Theatre