It's little wonder that Garda confidence is at rock bottom bottom
My father says that life in Ireland has changed beyond recognition since he was a boy. On reflection, I think life in our country has changed hugely over the past 30 years - for the good, but perhaps not for the good of all.
The absolute poverty which existed in the 1930s has thankfully gone. Although not perfect, our welfare system provides for immediate needs. While welfare payments or subsidies will never be considered adequate, our ability to care financially for the less well-off in society depends on economic stability and taxation.
It is not enough to expect social progress through financial supports alone. We need to see results from our public spending. Every government department needs to establish if, and why, equality of outcome is not being achieved.