Monday 15 October 2018

Victims of this scandal deserve an end to spin

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Floundered since May: Leo Varadkar looks on at Coláiste Ghlór na Mara in Balbriggan yesterday after announcing a multi-billion euro investment in Education as part of Project Ireland 2040. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Floundered since May: Leo Varadkar looks on at Coláiste Ghlór na Mara in Balbriggan yesterday after announcing a multi-billion euro investment in Education as part of Project Ireland 2040. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

The management of the Scally review was a perfect example of the cold and cunning capacity of the State - in the guise of the permanent Government - to defend itself from attack.

Since this story broke from the High Court settlement of Vicky Phelan's case on April 25, an effective, even ruthless, rearguard action of damage limitation ensued.

Irrespective of politicians, any battle between ordinary citizens such as terminally ill cancer patients and State interests is a mismatch. Just like the hepatitis C Blood Transfusion Board disaster (1994-2004), officialdom deploys every tactic to minimise damages, legally oppose and even subtly undermine victims. Those tactics ultimately cost taxpayers €1bn.

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