FINE GAEL’S Mayo TD Michelle Mulherin won her seat by clinging to the coat tails of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the last election.
Until recent days her greatest contribution to our national discourse was sharing the insight that unwanted children are sometimes the consequence of fornication.
In recent days she has paid €2,000 to the Oireachtas authorities because of a series of phone calls made to a private phone number in Kenya.
Ms Mulherin has admitted she made the calls but has insisted they were not private in nature. Why then make the €2,000 payment?
It is also reasonable to ask if the payment would have been made had not Ms Mulherin been linked with this abuse.
This gombeenism is precisely the kind of thing Fine Gael challenges so many other political parties about.
They do so with such a passion that they must believe such shabbiness would never lurk in their ranks.
It will be interesting to see if their usual sanctimony is matched by sanction in this tawdry episode. Don’t hold your breath though.
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