Published Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Monday's plenary session started at noon and finished at 4.02 pm and that included half hour question sessions to Ministers.
The only topics discussed otherwise being the Titanic and the Disappeared.
Tuesday was only marginally better and the business was finished well before tea-time.
The main matter of interest was the Speaker's ruling on Edwin Poots calling Kieran McCarthy a ''village idiot'' during a pre-recess assembly debate on patient care.
The Speaker said the Minister was wrong but the Alliance MLA had failed to turn up in his office for a face to face apology from the Health Minister.
The Alliance party said the apology should have been made in the Assembly chamber.
The Speaker said it was the end of the matter.
At least it was mildly interesting.
The Executive handlers argue a full legislative programme is being put into place now the Programme for Government has been agreed.
Time will tell.
There is also the matter of when DEL will be abolished. This seems to be slipping back until the Autumn.
With at least three Bank holidays before the summer recess, there really isn't that much time for business before the summer holidays.
The Assembly plenary sessions are the showpiece of our institutions.
Surely it is time to get a move-on.
After all, an MLA pay rise is in the offing.