Tuesday 20 February 2018

Colum Kenny: Plenty of political favours, but not enough meddling

We are now seeing nationally the results of preferencing ideology over society on several fronts, says Colum Kenny

IF only there had been more effective "meddling" by ministers. We might not be in the administrative and financial mess that we are now in.

"I do not meddle as a minister in these matters, nor is it appropriate for me to do so," said Minister for Health Mary Harney last week. She was speaking expressly about clinical reviews of medical practice in Tallaght Hospital and elsewhere. But it seemed to sum up her philosophy of government. And it is a philosophy that has suited Fianna Fail very well.

There has not been enough "meddling" to deliver services in health, education, banking and transport of which Ireland might be prouder as a member of the EU. It is what government ministers are paid to do. Meddle.

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