Thomas Molloy: Ogle farce just symptom -- semi-state rot runs deeper
Published 02/09/2011 | 05:00
THE revelation that the ESB is paying at least €80,000 every year to trade union organiser Brendan Ogle is a scandal, but the state-owned utility is currently trying to get away with a far bigger scandal that will leave the country almost indefinitely hostage to the ESB's management and unions.
The most political and wily of our semi-states has recently won a long and obscure turf war with Eirgrid over who owns the national grid, which will ensure that prices remain far higher than other countries to ensure the ESB's workers can continue to be "spoilt", to use Ogle's own and very apt description.
While this sounds dull, it matters to every citizen and business in the country who must pay some of the highest energy costs in Europe.