The level of political clamour regarding the tragic death of the Indian lady/abortion legislation/Never again protests demonstrate - as it more evidence was required - that our political system and our politicians are a farce.
The country has been on a downward slide economically for 5 years and our politicians see nothing but constitutional and contractual barriers to resolve the real issue - we're paying too much for crap public service from the top down - and the elected AND permanent governments have got into the groove of "wait and see" - wait for the next election and see if somehow a bank deal or global recovery makes some of the problem go away. There's no political will to resolve the impasse, just lots of Dail time spent talking about it.
Along comes a tragedy that suits politicians like Bacik's agenda and all of a sudden we have protests, actions, legislation, interest....even a bit of an international incident. If you just visited Ireland for the first time last week you'd be forgiven for thinking we were economically sound and that our biggest problem was ladies dying in child birth because they couldn't have an abortion (and also forgiven for assuming, it has to be said, that India's maternity care was the best in the world).
All of a sudden politicians from all parties are demanding action, are inspiring protest, are demanding change - because they see political capital to be had NOT because it's the most important issue facing the country.
One question I have is - is this just a useful smokescreen to get attention away from the dismal prospect of property tax, tax hikes, etc., in the budget or does it genuinely demonstrate that our politicians just have NO interest in solving our economic issues, and if not why not?