Friday 24 November 2017

Editorial: An unacceptable lapse from a lawmaker

Patrick Nulty
Patrick Nulty

Patrick Nulty, the Independent TD for Dublin West, has committed a grievous breach of public trust and engaged in utterly unacceptable behaviour. Chosen as an advocate for the people of his constituency and as a national lawmaker, he was given a position of exceptional trust. But by his own admission, he engaged in inappropriate behaviour towards female constituents.

On occasions, many people who seek out the help of a public representative are vulnerable and require support, compassion and understanding. The relationships must also be professional and without any other motive.

It is notable that Mr Nulty has promptly resigned from Dail Eireann and acknowledged the gravity of his misbehaviour. He has rightly admitted that he has not met the standards set for the office he occupied.

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