Saturday 16 December 2017

Open competition was never an option

It's easy to pay lip service to a worthy notion when you're sitting comfortably on the Opposition benches, writes Celia Larkin

THERE'S nothing like a little nepotism to take the shine off the Taoiseach's image. Not that he did it personally. He just abdicated responsibility when it came to his Ministers of State and party members appointing family and friends to positions within their departments. He is quoted last week as saying "personal appointments are personal appointments and I can't and don't make final decisions in that regard". Funny that, I thought he was the boss.

You can't make fish of one and flesh of another. Either you can or you can't have family members and friends appointed. Nepotism seems to be rife in political parties, and, despite all the noise made by Mr Kenny and his party prior to the election, it's a case of 'carry on as you were'.

Should family members be appointed as political assistants and personal secretaries? It's very easy to condemn the practice when it relates to someone else -- but when your own neck is on the line it's a very different matter, as Mr Kenny and his parliamentary colleagues have found out.

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