Archive for February, 2014
Shane Ross with Independent TDs outside Buswells Hotel at the
launch of Shane’s bill to remove the appointment of top judges
and Gardaí from the gift of the government Pic: Hugh O’Connell/TheJournal.ie
DANNY McCoy of the employers group Ibec was losing the run of himself. “Of course,” he declared at the big business bosses get-together last Wednesday, “we should go back to the Celtic Tiger. We should just be more sensible.
“The Celtic Tiger gave us a prosperity in which our living standards are immensely higher today than they were 10 years ago. This notion that we do not want to go back there is nonsense.”
This weekend public confidence in the gardai hangs in the balance. The politically appointed chiefs at the top of the force are under scrutiny. Critics thunder that our addiction to political patronage dictates that top gardai are joined at the hip to the Government.
If top-level promotions in the gardai are too political the position of judges is worse. While only top gardai are appointed by the Government, all judges are chosen by party politicians. The potential for political favouritism is unlimited. Unhappily, that potential has been fulfilled in the Four Courts. In spades.
Deputy Shane Ross helping launch Deirdre O’Donovan’s local
election campaign for South Dublin County Council,
TDs are queuing up for seats on the Oireachtas banking inquiry. Last week, Peter Mathews TD wrote to Sean Barrett, Ceann Chomhairle of the Dail, seeking support for his campaign for a seat on the inquiry. Peter reeled off his experience in chartered accountancy, his MBA and his long 20-year stint in ICCB bank.
Others are, more quietly, jockeying for the job.