Maurice Hayes: 'If the Oireachtas is now willing to neuter its own watchdog, it is, to put it frankly, castrating itself'
Published 22/03/2010 | 05:00
IT IS risking the Mandy Rice-Davies riposte -- "Well, he would say that, wouldn't he!" -- for an ex-Ombudsman to argue that it is time the Government, the Oireachtas, and the general public took seriously the implications of sidelining a special report by Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly.
The report concerns the case of the family of a Donegal fisherman tragically lost at sea, with boat and crew, who had applied for compensation under a special, once-off, time-limited scheme to compensate families in similar circumstances.
Their application was rejected as having been made after the closing date. The Ombudsman found that the scheme itself was so badly framed and so poorly publicised as to fall far short of good administrative practice.