Thursday 19 October 2017

Are we so certain that John Perry's wife isn't the best person for the job?

Other than lame ­accusations about 'perception', what ­exactly is wrong with TDs hiring family members, asks Sarah Carey

POLITICS IS A FAMILY BUSINESS: John Perry and his wife Marie. Photo: James Connolly
POLITICS IS A FAMILY BUSINESS: John Perry and his wife Marie. Photo: James Connolly
Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

I wish politicians had more backbone. It's so annoying to watch them cave into pressure, be it from Germans, lawyers waving the Constitution or journalists getting their knickers in a twist about 'perceived' conflicts of interest. And it really bugs me to see politicians, cowed by media mobs, abandon a core value actually worth keeping - loyalty - and dump on a colleague when he's the subject of a few headlines.

I'm referring to Fine Gael TD John Perry, who hired his wife Marie as his parliamentary assistant. I don't know much about Deputy Perry except that he borrowed too much money; couldn't pay it back and ran into a bit of trouble as a result. That puts him in the same category as half of Ireland. So, we're not judging him for that, are we?

Perry was a junior minister until he was replaced last summer in the reshuffle. The money problems weren't helping his image I suppose. Around the same time, his parliamentary assistant left his job and Perry's wife gave him a dig out by taking over some of the work. Since political wives spend their lives supporting the political effort, that's entirely natural.

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