Tuesday 22 August 2017

Opposition's at risk of scattergun politics – it must learn less is more

Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

There are so many angles to this garda misconduct debacle that it would confuse an army. At this stage, focus is being dissipated by a near farcical series of shock disclosures. Acres of newsprint and air time have parsed the facts, allegations and denials.

Doom-laden predictions abound of the cumulative impact on our body politic and justice system. But strangely, in all the furore, more is less. To quote an elderly legal friend squinting for the first time into a computer screen 30 years ago: "It's like looking into a bush."

Against this chaos, and to keep perspective, I am retreating into my own experience as an Opposition Justice spokeswoman for four years. I was a newly elected TD, learning on my feet. It was a white-knuckle ride for much of the time; not for the fainthearted.

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