Tuesday 12 December 2017

Medb Ruane: Passport Office chaos will just undermine our right to protest

Protest is a funny word. Take the scenes at Ireland's Passport Office. The level of stress dumped on everyday citizens is like a children's game of pass the parcel with a crown of spikes inside.

The wrapping reaches from Brian Cowen all the way to a Wicklow man with a simple request. He needed a passport because he has to follow the rules. He's no choice. But the only way he could win the promise of getting one was to chain himself to a door and refuse to budge until staff met his demands.

Chaos has ruled down on Dublin's Molesworth Street since the Civil and Public Service Union (CPSU) decided to make this dainty route a frontline. It is probably one of the least intelligent protests a union ever mounted, because it passed the parcel in the wrong direction. The innocents were spiked while the civil servants kept being paid.

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