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Kevin Doyle: All changed utterly in politics? Maybe not

WE THOUGHT it was all over. The backhanders had been slapped down, the dig-out dug and the money-trails gone cold.

Alas, we have a new Government but the same old antics.

Last night, Michael Lowry stood alone as he ranted and raved about "sending in the army" before he was eventually cut off for exceeding 60 minutes of guff.

The rest of the Dail sat stony- faced, afraid to look up for fear that they would make eye contact with the tarnished one.

Lowry didn't care. Unlike Ivor Callely, who was just about gagged when he tried to bring down the Seanad last week, Michael would have his say.

Or most of it at least, because he was stopped 10 pages from the end. He stood as one man against the tribunal, the Dail and, in his own head, against the world.

Across the chamber Enda Kenny was strained but put on a brave face. The people, he said, had given Fine Gael "their trust" and while recent events may not be pleasant, it's all in the past.

"I know that yet another report (pause for dramatic effect) reeking of (pause for dramatic effect) fanatical greed, obsessive attachment to power and breathtaking attempts to acquire, use and access privilege (pause for dramatic effect) is enough now, for the people of Ireland," he said.

"In fact, it's too much," the Taoiseach rightly added.

Micheal Martin said he would be putting down a motion calling for Lowry to resign.

A pointless motion since that is the democratic right of the wise people of Tipperary North and South Offaly -- but Micheal needs to get on the right side of public anger for a change.

The only question is why wasn't he so quick to plant a similar motion when Ivor Callely was fighting for his Seanad survival.

The nature of Irish people means they normally back the underdog. Not this time.

Lowry doesn't care though. He stands alone, prepared to take on Enda, Micheal, Gerry, the Criminal Assets Bureau -- and even the army.