Tuesday 16 January 2018

Emer O'Kelly: Troika goes but law reform promise is still not a reality

Modernising our legal services was a bailout condition, so it's a shame we haven't delivered, says Emer O'Kelly

LONG TIME COMING: Justice Minister Alan Shatter told the Dail in October that he was 'pleased to report that steady progress is being made towards the enactment of the bill'
LONG TIME COMING: Justice Minister Alan Shatter told the Dail in October that he was 'pleased to report that steady progress is being made towards the enactment of the bill'

Emer O'Kelly

What's the Legal Services Regulation Act? It's something we haven't got, that's what. It's still a bill, last heard of in the Dail nearly two months ago.

And the Troika is shaking our dust off its heels next month, allowing us to raise our heads in proud national sovereignty once more. Unconnected? Not on your nelly. For a start, a lot of us are profoundly uneasy that the Troika is apparently leaving us to stand on our own little feet ... the same feet that led us in a wild and necessary rush to shelter behind its skirt. And we don't even have back-up credit organised: we don't need it, apparently.

Sovereignty is merely a word, beloved of nationalists everywhere whose eyes are too politically close together. We should bin it. The words that matter are debt; hunger; hopelessness; education.

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