Wednesday 18 October 2017

We need credentials and not cronyism

LAST December, the Fine Gael party expressed its fear that the Fianna Fail-Green coalition -- soon to lose office -- would engage over the Christmas period in an "orgy" of appointments to State boards.

The orgy duly took place, with 90 appointments and reappointments. There were more between the general election and the installation of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition on March 9.

In their election manifestoes, and again in the joint government programme, both of the new governing parties had promised political reform. On State boards, the Fine Gael manifesto envisaged the presentation to ministers of shortlists of qualified applicants. Labour promised Oireachtas committees to consider the suitability of candidates.

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