Monday 21 August 2017

It's about time we held public figures to account and recognised failure

Patrick Nulty
Patrick Nulty

It's a measure of how inured we've become to scandal that resignations of public figures send such shockwaves through the political system.

Now that we've had two in quick succession – Independent TD Patrick Nulty and Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan – is the country finally entering a new era of accountability?

When Patrick Nulty resigned his Dail seat at the weekend, following revelations that he had sent inappropriate messages to multiple women, including a 17-year-old girl, people praised his decision.

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