Back Room: We must give politicians power to act in the public interest

You will see that the chamber is largely empty. That's as it should be. All the deputies are working away in the Committee rooms as we speak.

26th January, 2014

You will see that the chamber is largely empty. That's as it should be. All the deputies are working away in the Committee rooms as we speak.

So say the ushers of Leinster House to visiting constituency groups as they stand on the landing surrounded by portraits of former taoisigh (except Brian Cowen, who has yet to adorn the walls).

They say this to offset difficult questions and the disappointment of giddy schoolgirls who thought...

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