Some of my colleagues have lamented being lambasted by the media of late. I was the butt of one of those pieces and I sent the journalist a short e-mail saying I did not know he was writing for The Sunday Business Post. The way to deal with this is not to respond in a sensitive way if we are confident about what we are doing. I wanted my fellow senators to give serious thought to the questions raised by the media on our relevancy.
The point that should be made is that perhaps some of those criticisms are right. It does not seem to have occurred to anybody in this House that perhaps some of the people who say we are a group of old dinosaurs and fossils are right because we are not relevant enough. I do not understand why we should not take that on board.
A discussion on the pharmacists, a crisis which is brewing and will erupt in less than two weeks’ time, we, the Members of the second House of the Oireachtas, cannot even discuss it for some reason is utterly ridiculous.
That is crazy and if someone from the press tells us we are irrelevant and that we cannot even discuss the pharmacy sector, he is right. The Government should not be too critical of the media criticising it if it does not respond to that and allow us debate relevant issues. That is what is important.