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SPEAKING recently at a conference of the Institute for Public Administration, President Mary McAleese stated, quite correctly, that we “should rigorously address any form of persistent under-performance in the public service and that tolerance of any under-performance was very damaging in reputational terms”.
Interestingly, she also correctly stated that “it only takes one careless person, one nasty person, one person to give the whole team a bad name”.
While addressing such remarks at the soft target of the public service, what a pity the President didn’t more appropriately proffer such apt insights about her friends in the Fianna Fáil party.
How, for instance, would she rank Brian Cowen’s performance as finance minister during the boom, and now as Taoiseach?
Would she characterise his now infamous Morning Ireland interview as careless, and was there any reputational damage as a result of the even more infamous Jay Leno show? How would she rate her friend Bertie Ahern’s performances as Taoiseach, in the Mahon Tribunal and his recent sojourn in the kitchen cupboard?
What a pity we didn’t hear her views when John O’Donoghue and the rest were whizzing around the globe in the government jet spending taxpayers’ money like there was no tomorrow.
As citizens, we would love to hear her rigorously address Fianna Fáil’s legacy of almost 460,000 Irish citizens out of work, and more than 200,000 of our unfortunate sons and daughters forced to emigrate.
Finally, it would be most interesting if she would enlighten us with her views on the performance of her erstwhile friends in the Catholic Church hierarchy in relation to their roles in the child abuse scandals.
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