Donie Cassidy: Sorry lads, there’s no sitting. I’m off to play golf in Turkey…

Whilst we’ve been obsessing with things Nordie, there’s been a whole series of awkward expenses stories in the south that’s led, for instances, to the resignation of the Fianna Fail whip by Ivor Callely.  Technically there’s nothing wrong with Parliamentarians playing golf with other Parliamentarians from other countries. But when you close down the upper house in order to facilitate your trip, that’s a different matter. Apparently that’s what Fianna Fail Senator (and leader of the house) Donie Cassidy did

Hmmm… Either the Seanad provides a useful function for the State, or it’s entirely subservient to the interest of individual politicians. I’d be interested in hearing the remarks of Terry Leyden, who was pretty robust in his defence of the upper house when I interviewed him last Autumn at the BPA in Swansea…

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