Tuesday 21 November 2017

Concerns over Joanie cronies Begg serious questions . . .

APPOINTMENT: Joan Burton with newly-appointed Pensions Authority Chair David Begg. Photo: Steve Humphreys
APPOINTMENT: Joan Burton with newly-appointed Pensions Authority Chair David Begg. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Shane Ross

Poor John McNulty was supposed to have been Ireland's last crony. John took a hit for Fine Gael. His sacrifice was meant to pave the way for the end of political appointments. Or so we were led to believe. The coalition was humbled for a season, thanks to John. Enda and Joanie were apologetic, admitting mistakes had been made. John vanished, a fallen pawn in the patronage game. Last week we found out that his departure, far from ushering in the final chapter in the history of shameless shenanigans, had opened a gap for Joanie's cronies.

Remember John? Barely 15 months ago he lost out on a cast-iron Seanad seat after it was revealed that he had been put on the board of a State gallery by Fine Gael. He needed the gallery gig to give him the cover to qualify for the Seanad's Cultural and Educational Panel.

A big patronage scandal burst open. Fine Gael was caught red-handed.

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