We need better system of advisers, and more of them, to run a modern state

Ministers require hired help to govern effectively, but those who are appointed to adviser roles should be independently vetted

TEAM: Greens’ Eamon Ryan was criticised over number of advisers. Photo: David Conachy

Dan O'Brien

Governing is not easy. Even in the best of times, running modern states is a vast and complex endeavour. The range of things governments do in developed countries such as Ireland continues to expand, despite fact-free claims by some of a 'neoliberal' plot to downsize the state.