Wednesday 17 January 2018

Greens quiet on jobs for the boys

WHAT a difference a taste of power brings! In the last general election campaign, less than three years ago, the Greens denounced "crass cronyism" and "jobs for the boys" in appointments to state boards. In office, they have gone the way of all flesh, or at any rate all minor coalition parties.

Today we publish a list of Green appointees, sharers in the sweets of office, of which Fianna Fail are famously fond but some of which they dole out to docile partners. The nominees are all people of the utmost integrity, but one cannot say likewise for the secretive system.

In opposition shortly before the 2007 election, Senator Dan Boyle published a bill to give an Oireachtas committee the power to vet appointments (a doubtful enough proposition). When it was reintroduced in the Seanad last October, he and Senator Deirdre de Burca voted against it. That proves, if nothing else, that these Taoiseach-appointed senators constitute an irony-free zone.

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