If Jim Power had applied any kind of balance to his column ‘Economy continues to defy the doubters and naysayers’ (Irish Examiner, December 22) detailing the apparent success of the upwardly mobile business sector of our two-tier economy he would have pointed out that his good news applies to the upper tier.
His column’s last two ‘paragraphs of appeasement’ simply do not cut it. He might also have pointed out that the doubters and naysayers got it right in the years leading up to the big bust which brought the country to its knees.
Without doubt the lower tier of our economy would be made up mostly of the doubters and naysayers he refers to which is not surprising considering the manner in which our country continues to be governed.
The pity is that they do not give vent more forcefully to the frustration and deprivation which is visited upon their daily lives.
If he is in any doubt about this I suggest he print off 570,000 copies of his column and distribute them to those waiting for healthcare, the people on hospital trolleys, the homeless, and for those on the verge of hypothermia or death in the doorways of our towns and cities for this, despite all the rhetoric of economists and columnists of the left, right or centre persuasion, is the true measurement of good governance and real economic success.
More recently the lack of good governance is highlighted once again by the inexplicable decision to have both home affairs and justice in one portfolio and to appoint a chief Garda commissioner before the Police Commission has completed its work and presented its report.
These decisions will not serve justice, the citizens, nor An Garda Síochána, who need a sound, well-resourced infrastructure with more, not fewer, Garda stations throughout the country to cope with the inevitable growth in the population.
Our law and order agency has been run into the ground by successive governments.
Taoiseach Varadkar’s reasons for not creating two such important portfolios are almost juvenile in concept, and, after all the scandals which have beset the nation in recent times will leave one minister with the responsibility of two portfolios.
Appointing two senior managers under one portfolio would, in time, be akin to creating an entity similar in structure to the HSE, “too many chiefs”, etc — unmanageable, and a constant thorn in the side of the body politic, An Garda Síochána and civic society as a whole.