Reshuffle highlights political shortcomings

The continuing controversy over the appointment of a junior minister last week was an entirely unnecessary distraction from the serious business of government.

18th February, 2006

The continuing controversy over the appointment of a junior minister last week was an entirely unnecessary distraction from the serious business of government.

But the kerfuffle, which exhibited elements of comedy and farce, did serve usefully to expose several shortcomings of the manner in which politics is conducted in this country.

One of these is that the consideration of the individual and particular talents of TDs seems to be only a minor matter when their...

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