As Russia, Ukraine and Nato play out their deadly and high-stakes game of chess, Irish politics remains firmly focussed on the domestic and the mundane. Turf and that Tony Holohan job-that-wasn’t continued to dominate the political news yesterday, and the fallout will continue today.
To the extent that the war impinges on Irish politics, it does so mostly through upward pressures on the cost of living. That was the focus of sharp Dáil exchanges last night as Sinn Féin forced votes on measures it said would reduce the cost of living for ordinary people. The discomfort of Government TDs was obvious, as they were boxed into a corner and made to vote against cost-saving measures. Well, they had better get used to it. Making Government backbenchers queasy is the opposition’s job.