Wednesday 29 March 2017

Martina Devlin: The only clarification we need is the date of Reilly's resignation

Dr James Reilly has breached the public's faith. The difficulty is not a debt defaulter health minister, but one perceived as having a conflict of interest
Dr James Reilly has breached the public's faith. The difficulty is not a debt defaulter health minister, but one perceived as having a conflict of interest

ETHICS in politics should be a black and white affair -- either something is right or it's not. But in Ireland, 50 shades of grey are tolerated: a situation as inherently unhealthy as a novel you may have heard about recently which celebrates sadomasochism.

Speaking of pain and humiliation, once again citizens are subjected to standards of behaviour from within Dail Eireann which demean, chafe and try us. Step forward James Reilly, who has strayed into one of those grey areas.

When his name appeared in 'Stubbs Gazette' as a debt defaulter, anyone with raised eyebrows was assured by Dr Reilly's defenders that we were over-hasty in judging him, and under-experienced in the nuances of syndicate membership.

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