Where does this end? October 16, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
…is the thought that springs to mind on reading the news that Finian McGrath has stepped down from chairing the Technical Group with the return of Mick Wallace – though not from the Technical Group as the IT headline explicitly suggests incorrectly.
What’s interesting in a way is the way all this has played in the media – at least it seems that way with the news that the Ceann Comhairle agreed Dáil Standing Orders meant that the TG couldn’t bar a TD from joining them.
In a way this isn’t that strange, the Technical Group being merely a technical arrangement on paper, or as the IT put it:
Under Dáil rules he cannot be barred from the Technical Group, designed to secure speaking time in the house for TDs.
But ironically the very same Irish Times piece points up the contradictions, at least in terms of perception, as one will see in the following…
The Technical Group of left leaning TDs has been further damaged after chairman Finian McGrath stepped down.
Left-leaning? Only barely on the numbers*, and that’s irrelevant to its function.
Anyhow, a bit of a mess.
*actually, just thinking about it it actually is overwhelmingly left-leaning given the inclusion of the ULA, but that again is irrelevant given its function.