Saturday 23 September 2017

Gene Kerrigan: One man can stop corruption -- Wallace

While his tax issues are rightly condemned, he brought something to Irish politics -- shame, writes Gene Kerrigan

There should be a law that says that anyone who has cheated the Revenue is ineligible for membership of the Oireachtas. Full stop. That would involve a simple, uncomplicated Bill that would have a positive effect on the miserable quality of democracy in this country. What party, TD or senator could possibly vote against such a Bill?

And I know the very man to introduce this Bill. He's in the habit of wearing pink shirts.

Last week, there were three significant developments that will have an effect on parliamentary democracy as we know it in this country. 1) The decision to reduce the number of TDs by eight; 2) a skirmish in the slow-motion campaign to abolish the Seanad; and 3) the effort to kick Mick Wallace out of the Dail. Let's take them in that order.

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