Tuesday 25 July 2017

HSE must shoulder much of the blame for having no one on charity's board

Paul Kiely (left) the former chief executive of the Dublin based Central Remedial Clinic and acting chief executive Jim Nugent (right) leaving Leinster House after giving evidence to The Public Accounts Committee. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Paul Kiely (left) the former chief executive of the Dublin based Central Remedial Clinic and acting chief executive Jim Nugent (right) leaving Leinster House after giving evidence to The Public Accounts Committee. PRESS ASSOCIATION

Gerard O'Regan

There's just the faintest whiff of a witchhunt going on – as the baying wolves scent blood and gather round for another easy kill. The Public Accounts Committee has on occasions done the State some service by flushing out wasteful spending of taxpayers' money.

But when they adopt the role of judge, jury and very public executioner, and politicians from various parties vie with one another for the latest headline or soundbite, it's difficult not to feel just a little queasy. That collective sense of certainty, as they hog the moral high ground, can be a bit much to take.

Amid all the many words generated by the Central Remedial Clinic debacle, a few home truths have been lost in the near-hysteria and self-righteousness, which has stifled a proper analysis of the facts.

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