Treating the Dail (and therefore the people) with disdain does not help govt’s #IrishWater case…

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Here’s a still from the live feed from the Dail yesterday just as Fianna Fail Environment spokesman Barry Cowen called for an adjournment of the Dail until the Minister returned from briefing the press to hear what the opposition might have to say…

[Decoded: the opposition sits to the right where the benches are full, and on government benches to the right there’s just three frontbenchers and the chief whip.]

If you want to get straight to the action, you can start here. After initial protests from the deputy chair, the chief whip reluctantly acceded to the Fianna Fail call for a forty five minute adjournment, after which the debate resumes.

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