Kevin Myers: If you've ever wondered about the purpose of state bodies, they exist just to provide jobs for the boys
SOME people -- unworthy curs! -- might complain that two of the most distinguished TDs of the last Dail, Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy-Rae, were given sweetheart deals by the Fianna Fail-Green government in exchange for their support.
These arrangements allowed each TD to nominate three "supporters" to state bodies. But that's what state bodies were invented for -- jobs for the boys.
That's the very reason why Sean Lemass nationalised the Dublin Tramway Company and Great Southern Railways.