Tuesday 23 May 2017

Government just doesn't care about the human rights of Irish citizens

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, told a UN meeting in Geneva yesterday that budgetary decisions had been made without any consideration of the State’s human rights obligations
Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, told a UN meeting in Geneva yesterday that budgetary decisions had been made without any consideration of the State’s human rights obligations
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Enda Kenny has gotten a lot of grief lately for failing to take a firm stance on IBRC but yesterday he proved he's not afraid to get to grips with at least one kind of bank - his local bottle bank. Yes, our glorious leader took time out of his hectic schedule to officially open a new bottle bank in a car park in Castlebar.

It's sad, really. In the good old days, when government ministers were glad-handing in their constituencies, they were at least able to commandeer a helicopter and swoop in to open an off-licence or a supermarket. Now, the best the Taoiseach can do is cut the ribbon for some recycling bins. A stark reminder, if we needed one, of just how far the country has fallen.

As Mr Kenny spent the morning trying to find a suitable Seamus Heaney poem to befit the majesty of the occasion in Mayo, civil society groups from Ireland were also busy. They were at a UN meeting in Geneva describing how austerity has ravaged the lives of the most vulnerable.

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