Notes on survival for Simon O'Brien, GSOC chairman
NIALL Collins summed it up. "It's been a bad week for democracy, a bad week for transparency and a bad week for the Garda Ombudsman Commission." But thanks to the hard work of a handful of critics like himself, it's been a worse week for Enda Kenny, Alan Shatter and Martin Callinan.
So much so, that Simon O'Brien now has a chance to do the State some service. But first he must make a choice. To do his job come what may, or humbly pin the shamrock of Kenny, Shatter and Callinan to his coat as a signal that he has come to heel.
As someone who has studied the Irish political psyche for over 50 years I can assure O'Brien of one absolute truth. If he makes a stand the Irish people will finally rally to his side. But if he tries to be all things to all men his foes will fillet him like a fish.