Thursday 23 February 2017

When policing justice is given the elbow

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Illustration by Tom Halliday
Illustration by Tom Halliday

About a year ago, Enda Kenny visited Roscommon town. Local party members awaited his arrival. As the Taoiseach's car drew up, a man named John McDermott stepped forward, hoping to speak to Mr Kenny.

McDermott was an independent candidate in the pending by-election. He wished to ask the Taoiseach why he promised before the 2011 election to keep open the A&E at Roscommon Hospital. And why, after the election, he voted to close it.

He was one of a small number of people protesting the broken promises.

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