Michael Brennan and Brendan Keenan: Coalition has little to show for promised seeds of change
Michael Brennan - The politics
Published 06/02/2012 | 05:00
It has been a mixed first year in office for Taoiseach Enda Kenny's government, but its failure to fulfil many promises far outweighs its achievements so far. Three non-achievements, in particular, stand out.
1) No justice over the banking disaster
There is a still a strong public demand for a proper banking inquiry -- and the referendum on inquiry powers for Dail committees last October was meant to make this possible. But it was poorly explained by the Government and there were widespread fears that it would lead to jackbooted TDs kicking down doors to drag innocent people out of their beds. The Dail's Public Accounts committee is now going to mount its own banking inquiry -- but it will not have the power to make "findings of fact" against those current and former bankers it calls as witnesses.