Friday 20 October 2017

Integrity and intellect are sadly lacking in public service

Garret FitzGerald, who died in May, was hailed as a towering intellect
Garret FitzGerald, who died in May, was hailed as a towering intellect

The death of Garret FitzGerald and Declan Costello should give us pause for reflection about the calibre of those who entered Irish public life in more recent decades.

Will any of the people who have held the office of Taoiseach since Dr FitzGerald warrant the same display of respect from the public as that shown on his passing? Is there any current senior public servant who comes remotely close to having made the same contribution as Mr Costello?

Instead, by consistently supporting crony politics, the Irish public gave their active approval to the creation of a public sector motivated, it seems, solely by money and doing whatever they can to enrich themselves at someone else's expense, where any sign of intellect or integrity was stamped out.

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