Marc MacSharry and The Fears of a Clown
The senator from Sligo has a big interest in amateur dramatics, but he isn’t very good at it
Even by the Seanad’s high standards, Marc MacSharry’s capacity for pomposity is quite something.
Senator Marc MacSharry from Sligo has a big interest in amateur dramatics, but he isn’t very good at it.
Hams have been known to ask him for his autograph.
He surpassed himself in the chamber yesterday with a hilariously overwrought performance which had his audience in uproar.
Career senator Marc: that’s Marc with a “c” – as in “clown”, has been an adornment to the Upper House for 11 years. He may not be a household name (his daddy is a former EU commissioner and Fianna Fáil minister for finance, Ray MacSharry) but Marc’s political achievements are many. We just can’t think of any at the moment.
Even by the Seanad’s high standards, his capacity for pomposity is quite something.
So naturally, he is extremely piqued at the notion that a chamber as wonderful as the Seanad could be abolished by referendum later this year. He has also been highly insulted by derogatory remarks the Taoiseach made recently about the Upper House.
To be fair to MacSharry, Enda’s contention that the Seanad proved its uselessness by not stepping in to prevent our economic crisis was a particularly stupid thing to say.
Going by this line of reasoning, we’d have to abolish the Dáil in the autumn too.
Back though to our ham- dram aficionado, who burst without trace into our consciousness yesterday afternoon with an astonishing rant during the Order of Business. This is the daily Seanad session (on the few days the Seanad happens to be in session) when members can talk about anything they like under the sun.
Speaking of which, maybe young MacSharry spent too long under the sun when the Oireachtas was in recess last week. It’s as good an explanation as any for his ridiculous carry-on.
He began quietly enough, talking about VAT rates and job creation, working himself into his big role.
And then, he moved on to the explosive part of his script or “the main issue I want to speak on today”. This was “the Taoiseach’s conduct in recent weeks” and Marc wanted a debate about it.
He spoke more in sorrow than in anger, because he had been proud, as a Sligo man, to see somebody from the west of Ireland elected Taoiseach. But Enda has turned out to be a massive disappointment – not least because he “urinated all over this house”. MacSharry pointed this out more than once, making it sound as if the Taoiseach was routinely short taken in the vicinity of the Seanad.
This was interesting, as across the way in the Dáil, Enda was up to his oxters in effluence answering questions from the Fianna Fáil leader about a proposed Monster Sewage Plant for Dublin.