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Our flight from personal responsibility has become a stampede to self-exculpation. (Stock picture)

Our flight from personal responsibility has become a stampede to self-exculpation. (Stock picture)

Our flight from personal responsibility has become a stampede to self-exculpation. (Stock picture)

A Wicklow walker was recently awarded €40,000. Teresa Wall had injured her knee after taking a tumble on a rotting boardwalk. In a judgment that will have very worrying repercussions for all of our national parks, Judge Jacqueline Linnane said that Wall had been directed by signs to use the boardwalk and so the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), and not Wall, were to blame.

It is a depressing sign of the times. Misfortune and compensation and utter lack of personal responsibility, all wrapped up together, as if obeying some ancient natural law.


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