Saturday 24 February 2018

Doing the decent thing at last

WILLIE O'Dea should have done the honourable thing. True, he has resigned from Cabinet, but not before he had turned the Dail into a seething cauldron where issues which are arguably of greater national import than Mr O'Dea's misdemeanours were relegated to the back boiler.

As the opposition raged and the Taoiseach and Tanaiste stammered their loyalty to the minister, the loss of hundreds of jobs at Dublin Airport was left swinging in the wind, along with the hijacking of Irish passports by international assassins, serial scandalous waste in the national training authority, skiving in the Department of Health, a €10bn roll-out of NAMA . . . and on, and on.

Neither did Mr O'Dea resign before the shaky relationship between his own party and its government partners had been nakedly exposed, leaving a humiliated Taoiseach and Tanaiste to defend the indefensible.

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