Saturday 14 December 2019

Buck to the future for Eamon Ryan

Eamon Ryan insisted that ministers must not be able to hide behind cabinet confidentiality when they appear in front of the inquiry
Eamon Ryan insisted that ministers must not be able to hide behind cabinet confidentiality when they appear in front of the inquiry

Liam Fay

Eamon Ryan must be the planet's most energy-efficient politician. The Green leader and Euro elections candidate has revealed the extraordinary lengths to which he will go to save himself time and effort. Put simply, he relies on others to stand up for his beliefs.

Ryan was a senior minister in the last Fianna Fail-led government, the most destructive contributors to Irish affairs since the Vikings.

When the troika came to town, brandishing a bailout deal that was actually an indenture contract, he was alarmed by two proposals: water charges and the privatisation of state assets.

Nevertheless, despite his opposition to these measures, he signed off on them on the assumption Labour ministers would block their introduction whenever they took power.

Astonishingly, Ryan recounts this tale of spineless buck-passing in the belief it makes Labour look bad.

Like other refugees from that FF/Green administration, Ryan is campaigning for a comeback on the basis of his "experience". By so conspicuously failing to learn the right lessons from history, however, he simply demonstrates the wisdom of letting bygones be bygones and has-beens be has-beens.

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