Opinion John Drennan

Wednesday 24 May 2017

'Leaders have failed to keep the people safe'

PAC chairman John McGuinness warns of emergence of a 'two-tier' Ireland, writes John Drennan

John McGuinness, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee
John McGuinness, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee

AS THE Coalition celebrates Ireland's exit from the bailout, one angry man has emerged to question the emperor's new clothes of post bailout Ireland.

Almost inevitably, that one, as distinct to 12 angry men, is the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), John McGuinness, who has warned that the escalation of a "two-tier Ireland" has been one of the dominant features of Ireland's economic emergency.

In a scathing attack on the ongoing inertia of all Irish political parties when it comes to reform, McGuinness also told the Sunday Independent that "a huge divide has emerged since 2011 between how the government of the State and the bureaucracy of the State are treated and the lives of ordinary citizens".

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