Lack of accountability will continue in politics

Recent opinion polls have indicated that with support from some smaller party, Fine Gael is destined to be back in government for the next five years.
Lack of accountability will continue in politics

This is despite the current Fine Gael led Government being the least accountable Government for many years. In truth there are long lists of issues and Government decisions that have not been fully explained for the duration of this Government.

The apparent sacking of Garda Commissioner Calnan and the subsequent resignation of Justice Minister Shatter has never been explained by the Taoiseach Edna Kenny in comprehensible language.

The arrests and threats of imprisonment being made against water payment protesters smacks of some level of political interference at Government level. This is in addition to unanswered questions about the setting up of Irish Water by former Minister Phil Hogan in 2013

Despite determined efforts by Catherine Murphy TD, questions still remain to be answered around the sale of Siteserv to Denis O’Brien’s company Millington and the granting of the water meters contract to Sierra a subsidiary of Siteserv.

In addition, the Moriarty Tribunal report published in 2011 might as well have been incinerated. This was the tribunal that investigated the granting of the second mobile licence to Denis O’Brien’s company Esat Digifone in the mid ’90s by then Fine Gael Minister, Michael Lowry.

This Government doesn’t want to know about the report, let alone do anything about it.

James Stack

Strand Palace


Co Cork

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