Opinion Comment

Monday 23 April 2018

Dearbhail McDonald: This comedy of errors is unfunny and is no way to run a country

Kenny's handling of the garda recordings is like night of bank guarantee in terms of contempt towards public governance, says Dearbhail McDonald

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

For all of the solemnity surrounding its publication, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny's prebuttal that he had been 'vindicated' over the sacking in all but name of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, the Fennelly Commission Interim Report exposes a comedy of errors, albeit a contemptible one.

One of Shakespeare's earliest plays, The Comedy of Errors, is replete with slapstick humour borne out of mistaken identities, crossed wires and false accusations leading to wrongful beatings, amongst other things.

The events leading up to the dramatic exit in March 2014 of Commissioner Callinan following the late-night dispatch by Mr Kenny of a petrified mandarin - with a metaphorical gun and whiskey bottle in hand - to the commissioner's home are also replete with bungles, misunderstandings and conflicting narratives that would make Shakespeare blush.

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