Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has paid tribute in the Dáil to Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore who had his last foreign affairs question time as leader of the Labour Party to an empty Dáil chamber. The only Labour sinner on hand to witness Eamon Gilmore’s last interrogation was Joe Costello. Not even the opposition were all that bothered, a grand total of only two opposition deputies bothered to show up. Foreign affairs is just that, most TD’s don’t look beyond their constituency boundaries. There’s no votes to be had in those foreign places.
The Ceann Comhairle told Eamon Gilmore – “Could I say it’s been a pleasure always chairing sessions of foreign affairs with you as the lead Minister and Tánaiste and I wish you every success whatever you do”. A nice touch from Sean Barrett – who probably has the toughest job in Irish politics, dealing with truculent deputies.