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Brendan O’Connor: Why is Cardiff's job this Government's priority?

The saga over the European Court of Auditors tells us all we need to know about this Government's priorities, says Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O’Connor

Published 27/11/2011 | 05:00

STICKING UP FOR THEIR OWN: Proinsias De Rossa MEP, left, and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore are more
than happy to look after Kevin Cardiff because he is in the public service
STICKING UP FOR THEIR OWN: Proinsias De Rossa MEP, left, and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore are more than happy to look after Kevin Cardiff because he is in the public service

Bet you thought the stroke had died with Fianna Fail. More to the point, bet you thought the botched stroke had died with Fianna Fail.

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And then, as if we hadn't had enough evidence that this crowd are no better than the last crowd, we get the Kevin Cardiff saga. And it shows up probably the fatal flaw at the heart of this Government. Which we'll come back to.

The story so far is that the European Court of Auditors is the body that oversees the spending of EU funds. In the current climate, it is a particularly important body. So the Irish decided to show our respect for the court by sending, as our representative to it, a man whom, you could now joke, we can't even give away.

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