Wednesday 22 February 2017

'Nothing to see here stance on PAC' is blinkered

Published 30/01/2014 | 02:30

Justice Minister Alan Shatter. Photo: Collins
Justice Minister Alan Shatter. Photo: Collins

Nothing to see here, move along. I'm paraphrasing, but that was the gist of the Garda Commissioner's evidence to the Public Accounts Committee. Except the more he insists there is nothing to see, the more people stop and stare.

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And many don't like what they are looking at. Public trust is wobbling. Not in rank and file guards, respected for their hard work and integrity, but in the selective way the system is perceived to work in Ireland.

That's the real issue with penalty points being wiped – relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, unless we regard them as part of a pattern of preferential treatment for citizens with pull. Meaning not everyone is equal under the law.

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