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LOYALTY to political colleagues is a trait which is worthy and noble and should be encouraged, but in the case of ceann comhairle John O’Donoghue on the issue of alleged excessive spending of taxpayers’ money by way of exorbitant expenses on hotels and travel, perhaps this loyalty is misplaced.
The Dáil should ask Mr O’Donoghue to issue a statement on the matter.
Despite the fact that the ceann comhairle occupies a very significant role in our system of government where he/she is meant to be above the day-to-day thrust of partisan politics, no one is above investigation.
Although it is indeed regrettable that the office of the ceann comhairle should be brought into disrepute by allegations of largesse with public monies, it is equally regrettable that there are calls for the removal from office of the ceann comhairle in advance of these charges being substantiated. Until allegations of profligacy with public monies by Mr O’ Donoghue or any other member of the Dáil are substantiated as fact, the benefit of doubt must be applied.
Responsible journalism, not a kangaroo court, is what is required.
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