Saturday 3 December 2016

We face choice between banana republic or properly run democracy

Published 28/03/2014 | 02:30

Leo Varadkar has distinguished himself by refusing to keep quiet. Photo: Tom Burke
Leo Varadkar has distinguished himself by refusing to keep quiet. Photo: Tom Burke
Michael Noonan, as Fine Gael minister for justice in 1983, disclosed the illegal telephone tapping that had occurred under the previous Fianna Fail administration

Sir Robert Peel said there was no appetite for the truth in Ireland. Decades, even centuries, have rolled by since he made that remark. Do the sad facts of the 19th Century remain the same in the 21st?

  • Go To

Our reaction to the latest flood of sensations – amounting, in total, in its details and its implications, to one of the worst scandals in our history – will tell a tale.

As in every such case, we have a choice. We can relapse into our banana republic mode of thought. Or we can regard it as a glorious opportunity to clean up our stumbling administration and society and turn ourselves into a decent, properly run democracy.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Read More

Don't Miss

Editor's Choice