Editorial: It's good riddance to 30th Dail
THE 30th Dail was finally due to be dissolved today. Nobody knows how history will eventually judge its decisions. But right now, it is being talked about as one of the worst in our history.
It has left behind a jobs crisis, while emigration is a fact of life again. The banks are still in turmoil, despite being propped up with billions of public money.
And it's hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel.
Brian Cowen must take much of the responsibility for the difficulties.
As he says goodbye to politics, his legacy is tarnished.
Despite the bitterness over the Government's performance, it's time to look forward.
At last a line can be drawn under the present administration, although its decisions cannot be consigned to the past.
The new government must learn from past mistakes.
We can only hope the 31st Dail is a vast improvement.