Monday 18 December 2017

A voluntary code is not good enough for State gifts

New protocols apply to the receipt of gifts by political leaders -- but, says Emer O'Kelly, the rules need tightening

'We are a republic. And we have to ensure that our office holders keep a vision of themselves as public servants

IT was a long time ago, but anyone over the age of 40 will remember the "Saga of the Saudi Dagger". It went into political folklore along with the "Georgian Silver Teapot".

The dagger was a gift from the Saudi Government to the late Charles J Haughey. It was ceremonial and jewelled, and was reputed at the time to be worth a . . . well . . . a king's ransom.

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