Callely gets his comeuppance in the public's eyes – but does punishment fit the crime?
WHO said politicians never go to prison in this country? After Ivor Callely's five- month custodial sentence yesterday, that myth has been nailed once and for all.
If the former TD and senator had been an ordinary Joe Bloggs who fraudulently claimed €4,207.45 from his employer and paid it all back (albeit when it seemed that he was about to be rumbled), does anybody think Callely would be spending the next few months in jail?
It's actually the inverse of the traditional claim that there is one law for politicians and one law for everybody else.