Monday 20 November 2017

Elaine Byrne: Male, over 50, overpaid -- Official Ireland still rules

Those responsible for our downfall remain unchallenged, writes Elaine Byrne

'Official Ireland is predominantly male, predominantly over 50 and predominantly people who earn over €100,000. For the most part, it includes the speakers at this MacGill summer school and those that attend it."



That didn't go down too well. That part of my speech was greeted with an audible murmur of disapproval at MacGill in Donegal last week.

Yet every single inquiry into public life that we have had in this country over the past 15 years has come down to one singular thing. The operation of power by Official Ireland. The political tribunals, the church scandals, the police inquiries, the hospital failures and the banking crisis were ultimately about the abuse of power.

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