Tuesday 6 December 2016

How quickly we forget the low standards we permit in high places

Gerard O'Regan

Published 12/12/2015 | 02:30

Charlie Haughey at his home Abbeville
Charlie Haughey at his home Abbeville

What's in it for me? This clarion call for small-town self-interest and unrestrained greed tugs us back over the years. But is it not also a comment that gives vent to something at the core of our political life, which in our heart of hearts we know only too well?

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There has been much mock outrage following the RTÉ exposé into less than ideal behaviour by some of our local councillors. It's really been a case of big-time shock horror in some quarters. But the Dublin 4 set surely lost the run of themselves competing to express their outrage at such grubby behaviour.

God bless their innocence. Do they not realise the tale of Irish politicians on the make seems nearly as old as time itself?

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