Thursday 27 April 2017

Ross's ragtag mob hijack McCabe scandal for their own tawdry ends

Transport minister Shane Ross. Photo: PA
Transport minister Shane Ross. Photo: PA
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

The omnishambles that has engulfed Fine Gael for the past two weeks has saved the Independent Alliance from some much-needed scrutiny of its members' pathetic grandstanding.

They bill themselves as a plucky band of maverick firebrands, eager to restore accountability and transparency to government, but in reality the Independent Alliance hides its parish pump proclivities beneath a veneer of preening self-regard.

Last week, this mask slipped. It will be hard to restore it. Never ones to look a gift horse in the mouth, the Independent Alliance TDs saw in the Sgt Maurice McCabe scandal an opportunity for cheap self-promotion.

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