Monday 5 December 2016

Let's stop being defeatist about cronyism - and just end it

Published 25/02/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the last TV Debate on RTE Prime Time. Photo: Tony Maxwell/PA Wire
Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the last TV Debate on RTE Prime Time. Photo: Tony Maxwell/PA Wire

It was definitely one of the better moments of the final television leaders' debate. Debate moderator Miriam O'Callaghan went to each of the four leaders and put the issue of 'cronyism' to them. Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin supporters might have felt happy as they watched.

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More recently, the pressure has rightly all been on the Government parties, Fine Gael and Labour. In autumn 2014, Fine Gael tied itself in knots as it emerged that it had appointed Donegal party member, John McNulty, to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The move was to enhance Mr McNulty's credentials to take a Seanad seat on the cultural panel.

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