Tuesday 6 December 2016

Fennelly shines familiar light on a sad and sorry State

Published 04/09/2015 | 02:30

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Now we know how this country is governed - or not governed. The Fennelly Report tells it all: the sloppiness, the incompetence, the delays, the failures of communication, the faulty memories.

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Mr Justice Niall Fennelly unfolds a scenario that may remind readers of the Marx Brothers or a horror movie, according to taste.

But the most dismaying aspect of the story is that we should never have needed this report. With one exception, all the faults it reveals have been familiar to us throughout the lifespans of all but the youngest among us. For generations, the misgovernment of Ireland has featured incompetence, lassitude, allegations of cover-ups, contempt for the rights of citizens and a fixed refusal to accept responsibility.

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