Saturday 10 December 2016

Ludicrous, cynical gombeen politicians - they haven't gone away, you know...

Published 09/12/2015 | 02:30

'It seems to play into the old Irish stereotype that voters don’t trust anyone who isn’t savvy enough to make a little graft for themselves on the side'
'It seems to play into the old Irish stereotype that voters don’t trust anyone who isn’t savvy enough to make a little graft for themselves on the side'

One of the greatest threats to democratic stability comes not from the threat of external terrorism but from internal cynicism. While it's vital for a well informed citizenry to be sceptical about their political leaders, that can morph into a reflexive contempt which means we tar all politicians with the same brush.

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Watching 'RTÉ Investigates' on Monday night, however, reminded us once more than when it comes to local Irish politics, it's the cynicism of the politicians we have to worry about, not our own.

There was a remarkable and thoroughly depressing sense of déjà vu while watching three prominent county councillors trip over themselves to "get in bed with" a mysterious investment company that, at times, resembled an episode of 'Killinaskully' which had taken a strangely dark turn.

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