Snipers are last straw
Published 13/11/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- Last week's Sunday Independent spread its cards across the tables and what it told me made me nearly weep. We headlined with the intended appointment of the secretary general of the Department of Finance to a plum job in Europe... after his watch oversaw the not inconsiderable mislaying of €3.6bn.
We then find that the cost of speed cameras cost the fools, sorry, the taxpayers, €45k per day. On the other hand the Department of Education wants to abolish 2,000 teaching posts. The Sunday Independent then confirms that Nama has been paying developers over €200k per year. We are informed that they are to become consultants to those who wish to buy their properties which have bankrupted a nation and disgraced us throughout the world.
While we can pay two developers €200,000 per year, we can only fund 14 operational gardai for west Dublin on Halloween night. And on the same page we have confirmed to us by Mr Shatter that the gardai are indeed reverting to fire brigade tactics with the intended closure of 200 rural police stations. Get it, 14 gardai in west Dublin on the busiest night of the year, but €200,000 each for two developers. That shows the coalition's priorities.