Last February, a motion was put before the Galway City Council that would see rowdy councillors punished for unruly behaviour by stopping their pay and withdrawing services.
While the measures stopped short of spanking councillors and withholding money for sweets, they seemed more appropriate for disciplining hormonal teenagers than democratically elected representatives.
Over recent weeks, despite the happy distraction of the St Patrick’s Day festivities and the Easter break, Insider has detected a sense of worry in people’s demeanour created by a largely unexpected development that has truly shaken them out of any complacency.
People nervously turn the pages of newspapers, scarcely believing what they are reading. The scale of the uncertainty has clearly unnerved them, they fear for their economic well-being and even for the safety of their savings.
One of the most engrossing political sagas of the current Dáil has been the venomous relationship between the Labour leadership and the party’s maverick Galway East TD Colm Keaveney.
The defection of five TDs in the first two years of Government and a nosedive in successive opinion polls has left Labour leader Eamon Gilmore in an unenviable position and, under normal circumstances, he could really use the support of the party chair.