Wednesday 17 January 2018

Brendan O'Connor: Convenient how charity bosses are new bankers

Our Eliot Ness-style politicians are gunning for the evil charities, but what about the bigger scandals, asks Brendan O'Connor

Highly paid: Angela Kerins isn’t doing Rehab any favours. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Highly paid: Angela Kerins isn’t doing Rehab any favours. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

You could have come to the conclusion last week that if only Angela Kerins would tell us what she is earning all our problems as a nation would be solved. It seems like we were stuck, waiting for Kerins to cave, and then we could all move on; life as we knew it before could resume, life as it was before we realised we could not rest easy in our beds until we knew what Angela Kerins was earning.

The Central Remedial Clinic having become a dirty word in the last few months, Rehab was now in our sights and anything to do with Rehab was bad. These two institutions, that have done so much for the most vulnerable in our society, are now reduced to being two dirty words. Three letters, C, R, and C, are now invoked to sum up everything bad about the country from Bertie Ahern to Fianna Fail to cronyism to "good pals of" to top-ups to pensions to payoffs. And now Rehab is the same, all the problems of the country seemingly personified in one woman.

And it was all awfully convenient for the Government. What could have been more convenient at this time than for Alan Shatter to announce to everyone that Rehab's lottery makes virtually no money? This was what we were being told to believe. The problems in the country and in the public sector are nothing to do with the Government or with the civil service. They are extraneous issues, seemingly out of the Government's control up to now, but now that the Government are aware of these problems, they are furious about it, and they will not be found wanting in sorting it out.

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