Wednesday 22 November 2017

John Drennan: Paddy isn't being told the story

The code of silence on the Budget mirrors the toxic secrecy that led us to the abyss we're now in, writes John Drennan

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

If you were looking for an example of the dysfunctional nature of Irish politics it would be hard to surpass last week's exchange between Enda Kenny and Micheal Martin over Joan Burton's recent speech on the pressing need to reform the PRSI fund.

The most intriguing feature of Mr Martin's queries on the issue was that, implicitly, he appeared to believe it had been wrong of Burton to raise the issue, not so much because of what she said, but, because Joan had broken the Taoiseach's fatwa on ministers raising budgetary issues.

However, while the leader of the Government and opposition were in apparent agreement on the Burmese virtues of censoring free speech for ministers, Mr Kenny was not for sucking on that tart sweet labelled 'open discussions on the next Budget'.

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