However there's a more thought-provoking piece in today's Irish Independent, headlined revolution time, it rails against the impotency of the Dali:
It's a piece that needs to be read in full and has much resonance with our own country. And as Autonomous Mind highlights, the key part is this:
As the country suffers its worst economic crisis our national parliament has never been more impotent. The old Dail is a bad memory while the new one fills me with little hope.
Truth be told, it's been finished for a long time, made redundant by the actions of our politicians. The day Chopra and Rehn came in was the day power was lost. Right now Finance Minister Michael Noonan is working on a Budget to please our IMF-EU masters. Think about it. Every significant economic decision is being taken thousands of miles away from the Dail.
Ironically the original blueprint for the European Union - the deliberate curbing of European democracy - was devised by an English civil servant; Arthur Salter. His ideas were outlined in his pamphlet titled The United States of Europe published in 1931. And nearly 60 years later the invention of another Englishman will be the destruction of it:
We are in the worst crisis in our history and our parliament is impotent.
Is there any hope for democracy? Yes. While the Dail may be dead a new parliament is emerging. It is to be found in ordinary people, community and support groups who come together to discuss a way forward. A second wave is already there though social networks.