Saturday 3 December 2016

Let's give the Silver Scott Medal to the two gardai

Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30

Illustration by Jim Cogan
Illustration by Jim Cogan

President Higgins should publicly thank the two garda whistleblowers. Enda Kenny should say sorry on behalf of the State. The Garda Commissioner should give them the Silver Scott Medal for moral courage – the gold being reserved for recipients who actually risked death.

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Back in the 1970s such a call would have been backed by a big minority in Fine Gael, and a big majority in the Labour Party. But this Coalition has seen a sea change in both parties that is profoundly damaging to Irish democracy.

Back in the 1960s, although an ardent socialist, I became friendly with two great conservative Fine Gaelers: John M Kelly and Alexis Fitzgerald. Both set high standards for their party and always spoke their minds.

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