Sunday 4 December 2016

Letters: No more 'expert groups' or word games: plain speech only

Published 04/06/2014 | 02:30

Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher the Fianna Fail Euro candidate in the Midlands-North West constituency at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke
Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher the Fianna Fail Euro candidate in the Midlands-North West constituency at Leinster House yesterday. Photo: Tom Burke

It has been interesting seeing last week's election results. Despite almost 400,000 people unemployed, not to mention the large numbers forced to leave Ireland to seek work, it is the several hundred local councillors and the small number of MEPs who lost their jobs who have finally forced government action on a number of critical issues.

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It has also been worrying that two further jobs – leader and deputy leader of a certain political party – have taken up such a huge amount of media time and energy.

We have been told that the medical card issue will now be solved by an 'expert group', yet to be appointed. This is a change of terminology from the phrase often used some years ago when the health system was being reorganised and we were led to believe it would give us 'centres of excellence', until it transpired that phrase was no longer fit for purpose – a bit like some of the actual centres.

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