Dáil TV could be some of the best comedy going!

Mattie McGrath TD reading a fascinating piece about An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in an internationally-renowned magazine.
Mattie McGrath TD reading a fascinating piece about An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in an internationally-renowned magazine.

PEOPLE laughed when it was announced that Dail TV was to be carried on certain cable channels, with a belief that it would have no viewers. However, if the antics of last week are anything to go by, then Dail telly could soon become a pay per view option. The TDs can certainly generate more excitement and entertainment than, dare we say it, the Irish soccer team.

In soap opera terms, the key characters up to now would have been Ming Flanagan, Mick Wallace, Michael Healy Rae and the pigeon Irish speaking Gerry Adams. But after the events of last week they have been relegated to the role of supporting parts. Step forward Sean Fleming, Mattie McGrath and Simon Harris.

Fleming is the guy who lost all sense of reason at a public accounts committee meeting when the HSE top brass came in to account for themselves. At one stage it looked as if other committee members could suffer injuries as his shirt buttons threatened to burst open and fly across the room. Was he about to turn into the Incredible Hulk and burst open?, one wondered, or maybe he was just acting like a young child whose favourite teddy had been stolen by the nasty boy up the street all with the aim of getting publicity.

It was left to the Dail's youngest TD, the very sensible Simon Harris, to bring calm to proceedings. It was time to Chillax, he told his elders, who didn't seem to have a clue what he meant. Perhaps in future the 'baby' of the Dail should bring some of his old toys along with him to the House and present them to people like Fleming when they lose the run of themselves.

Talking about losing the run of yourself, what about Mattie McGrath speaking on fiscal matters in the Dail. He was very disappointed to see the Taoiseach posing on the front page of Playboy magazine, he declared.

Let's hope his understanding of fiscal matters is more accurate than his knowledge of international magazines, although I doubt it.

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