Lack of trust in politicians killed hopes of reform
The deep sense of disrespect for the political class has not gone away with a new government, writes Elaine Byrne
It takes a remarkable form of ingenuity, or arrogance, to get an electorate to reject a proposal that would have finally brought bankers Sean FitzPatrick, Michael Fingleton and David Drumm before a public inquiry. Yet, somehow, Alan Shatter, Brendan Howlin and the rest of the established politicians in Leinster House managed it.
Now, less than nine months from an election that was hailed -- mainly by those who were elected -- as a revolution, the reform agenda is dying.
The defeat of the Oireachtas inquiries referendum was a spectacular own goal for the Government's ambitious reform agenda.