Readers Blog: We are living in a ‘fraud state’

In law, fraud is a deliberate deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain, or to deprive a victim of a legal right.

Readers Blog: We are living in a ‘fraud state’

In law, fraud is a deliberate deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain, or to deprive a victim of a legal right.

When one considers the various scandals that have arisen across the “pillars” of our society in recent times one can only conclude that our Republic is a “fraud state”.

Garda breath tests, penalty points, and whistleblower scandals.

HSE consultants claiming, and being paid, for hours not worked under the terms of their contracts, as highlighted by the excellent Prime Time reports recently.

The banks, with their odious handling of the tracker mortgage issues which created much mental stress for thousands of our citizens.

Not forgetting our politicians who, when dealing with the public, speak in riddles, double talk and seem to deliberately use the tactic of smoke and mirrors to ensure that they cannot be held accountable for their actions.

I have no doubt that if I, as an ordinary citizen, was engaged in fraudulent activities and charged for such, the full rigors of the law would be brought to bear against me and the appropriate fine/sentence handed down. It seems that our pillars of society are above the law and this self-same law only applies to the ordinary citizen of our Republic.

When Health Minister Simon Harris stated in the Dáil that the actions of some HSE consultants were immoral, unfair and brazen, he may as well have applied these same sentiments to our public service at large. It seems across the public service there exists a culture of blamelessness which, in turn, leads to a lack of accountability, thus leading to apathy and the “I’m all right Jack” syndrome, leading to inefficient services.

Fancy titles and obscene salaries, with the much sought-after perks, are the order of the day — culminating in index-linked pensions.

Irish society is divided into two classes, those who pay the piper (majority) and those who mind the piper (minority). In times past this feudal type system was the cause of revolutions, chaos and bloodshed. Laws are the fundamental basis of any society and should and must apply fairly to all; otherwise, we are indeed living in what is a fraud state.

Denis Molony

Macroom

Co Cork

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