Coronavirus restrictions have dramatically underlined how citizens demand higher standards from politicians.
From the slew of resignations and demotions following that night in Clifden to the apologies from county councillors for holidaying abroad, events of the past few months show how the public expect those in elected office to lead by example.
And that's why further reports this week of junior political staff suffering bullying and harassment at the hands of the politicians they work for will cause particular unease around Leinster House.
According to research by NUI Galway this year, one in ten employees in Ireland have experienced workplace bullying. However, the issue appears even more prevalent in Leinster House.
A survey commissioned by the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission last year, with 514 respondents, found how 1 in 7 Leinster House staff had experienced workplace bullying.
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