Sir, – I find it perverse that Luke “Ming” Flanagan’s placement of a glass of dirty water in front of the Minister of State for the Environment is focused on as an “act of vandalism” and “outrageous and unacceptable” behaviour by the Ceann Comhairle (Oireachtas Report, December 20th).
It is a simple and innocuous representation of a problem people in Mr Flanagan’s constituency face. I do not always agree with Mr Flanagan’s approach but at least he is getting his constituents’ problems noticed.
The Ceann Comhairle’s role is to facilitate discussion and debate. If he is going to detract from serious issues with petty and overstated charges of bad behaviour, is he fit for purpose? – Yours, etc,
Dr DAVID MURPHY,
Langdon Park Road,