Cardiff: wrong place, wrong time
The European Parliament's decision to reject the Irish Government's nomination of Kevin Cardiff to the European Court of Auditors was an entirely predictable, and thus avoidable, humiliation.
Ever since the Government first announced Mr Cardiff's appointment on October 6 there have been doubts about his suitability for the position.
While Mr Cardiff is a public servant of the highest quality and integrity he has had the misfortune of seemingly being continuously in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was the head of the Department of Finance's banking division when the Irish banking system effectively went bust and whose deposits eventually were unconditionally guaranteed by the Irish state, a decision which ultimately cost the Irish state its solvency.