Dáil voting scandal will confirm people's worst suspicions of politics

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl must take decisive action to restore public confidence in TDs’ voting discipline

27th October, 2019
Timmy Dooley and Niall Collins of Fianna Fáil have been suspended from the front bench for their part in the Dáil voting scandalRoilling news

Never before has a political scandal caused me to battle with feelings of total fury and, simultaneously, complete apathy, as Votegate.

On the one hand it’s difficult not to be enraged by the complete disregard shown by elected representatives to the most precious and central expression of our parliamentary democracy: voting. On the other, the wall-to-wall media coverage, in-house political hysteria and one-upmanship of the various political actors involved is unedifying.

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