Saturday 18 November 2017

Politicians wrote the rulebook on fleecing us so why all the outrage?

Paul Kiely (far right)
Paul Kiely (far right)

Instead of berating the former head of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) for accepting his gargantuan golden handshake, politicians should doff their hats in deference to someone who has managed an impressive feat - legitimately playing the system almost as adeptly as themselves.

The members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have professed themselves to be outraged at the CRC's raiding of charitable donations to give an obscene €742,000 payout to its former CEO Paul Kiely.

They have very short memories. Because one doesn't have to delve very far back in time to find similar egregious payments being made to a whole host of washed up politicians, who slunk away from Leinster House in 2011 just as the troika bailiffs were banging at the gates.

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