Monday 5 December 2016

Time for power to speak truth

Published 21/02/2010 | 05:00

AT a time when public disillusionment with the political system is running high, there could have been no worse week for this coalition Government or for Irish politics.

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The resignation of Willie O'Dea on the day after the Dail had voted confidence in him represents a new nadir for Brian Cowen, the Taoiseach, and John Gormley, the leader of the Green Party.

Flip-flops are always unseemly, but when executed within 24 hours on the suitability of a man for high public office they make a mockery of all those involved. Mr Cowen and Mr Gormley then compounded their errors of judgment by trying to tell the people that what had happened had not really happened.

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