Monday 23 April 2018

Brendan Keenan: What our elites want least, but need most, is scrutiny

The saga of the smart card tells us much about our country, which after a brief flirtation with competence appears to have lost its way again

IHAVE just taken possession of an Irish Rail smart card, and very convenient it is too. You can top it up with cash, and then just place it in front of the ticket machine on the way in and out.

I have had a similar card for the Luas for some time. I also have a Dublin Bus smart ticket. That works the same way, but you cannot top it up -- you merely get 10 journeys. I also have a pretty bulky wallet.

In London, one Oyster card works on half a dozen private, franchised bus companies, on the Underground, and can be used to pay for lots of other things besides.

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