Time to finally reform parish pump politics

As long as the electorate demands that TDs spend their time chasing civil servants and government agencies on their behalf, then that is exactly what TDs will continue to do.

27th February, 2010

As long as the electorate demands that TDs spend their time chasing civil servants and government agencies on their behalf, then that is exactly what TDs will continue to do.

As we learned last week with the ill-advised - and probably unlawful - activities of Trevor Sargent, the manic desire to do their constituents’ bidding is not confined to humble backbench TDs with time on their hands. It also extends to ministers, who definitely have...

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