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    Judges aren’t rotten, the appointment system is

    There was a shock hook against the head in the Supreme Court 10 days ago. Normally, official Ireland might have expected the beaks on the bench to close ranks. On July 31 they confounded convention.

     

    Every horror story needs a mansion on the hill

    Brian O’Donnell almost achieved the impossible last week.

    Ansbacker Returns to Haunt Official Ireland

    Give us a break. Stifle the phoney outrage. We all knew that certain Fianna Fail TDs were as crooked as bent nails in the Sixties and Seventies.

    Irish Water and CIE quangos are just tax collectors

    It costs an arm and a leg to come within an ass’s roar of the National Transport Authority.
    Try it. A call to the quango that rubber-stamped the bus and train fare increases last week put the fear of God into me.

    Quango veteran Des is back in his old haunts

    The scene: tomorrow at the department of Public Expenditure and Reform. A meeting between Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and ace Central Banker Des Geraghty.

    I don’t know about art – but I know what I like

    God knows why John McNulty was so eager to be a member of the board of IMMA. The quango – grandly dubbed the Irish Museum of Modern Art – is hardly the obvious place for a man who describes himself as a “businessman”.
    Indeed, IMMA is a bit of mystery.

    PAC Just Wants Answers to Troubling Questions

    The former charity supremo’s escape from answering further questions has exposed a gaping hole that now needs to be filled.
    On Friday evening on the dot of 5 o’clock there was a knock on my door in Leinster House. It was a porter wheeling a trolley, stuffed with files.
    “Weekend reading,” he quipped, cheerfully.
    He lifted the eight heavy files, put them on a table, winked and wished me a happy weekend.
    I knew immediately what had landed. It was a midsummer missile from ex-Rehab boss Angela Kerins. She was serving all 13 members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) with the evidence she believes is relevant in the case she has brought against us in the High Court.

    We’re in dangerous territory as Dail’s most powerful cabal keeps its secrets

    The most powerful Dail committee always sits in secret. Decisions are handed down to the Dail, where necessary, but otherwise no whisper of its activities is meant to reach the outside world.

    Let’s Give our Committees Real Teeth

    Is the Dail being sidelined by its committees? Recent political earthquakes have tightened tension between cabinet members and Oireachtas committees. The more arrogant cabinet ministers see Oireachtas committee members as their servants. The more enlightened servants see their role as holding their ministerial masters to account.

    How Much Longer Can Politicians Hide Behind Their Civil Servants?

    Was Brian Purcell, secretary of the Department of Justice, emissary or executioner?
    From the moment that Purcell rang Martin Callinan’s front door bell last Monday night, the Garda Commissioner was a dead man walking. And Callinan must have known his fate the second he saw the face of the official in the hallway.