Wednesday 22 November 2017

Civil servants run this country, says Bruton

Brian Hutton

FORMER Taoiseach John Bruton has claimed that Ireland is run by civil servants who use TDs and senators to administer their rule.

He also suggested countless corruption tribunals were necessary because government ministers were not fully answerable to the Dail.

Mr Bruton insisted a new referee-type chairman was needed in the Dail to order Cabinet members to properly respond to questions.

The ex-European Union ambassador to the United States also admitted he did not do enough during his three years as Taoiseach to reform how Ireland is run.

"One of the big problems we have had are the tribunals, very expensive tribunals, to get information about what is being done by people involved in public administration," he said.

"If we had a better system for ensuring the full and accurate answers were given to Dail questions we would not need as many forms of inquiry."

Mr Bruton said the Ceann Comhairle was the key role in the Dail that needed to be overhauled.

A new referee-style speaker should be elected by secret ballot, he said. Mr Bruton added that a lot of legislation was passed without proper debate.

Irish Independent

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