Sunday 18 February 2018

Halligan's ongoing disruption must end

John Halligan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
John Halligan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins


This so-called 'Partnership Government' is showing no evidence of being either a partnership or a government. We stand less than a calendar month from a Budget which must address serious social and economic issues. On Friday, EU leaders will meet in Bratislava for a crucial meeting on how to cope with a 27-member trading bloc without Britain. For the first time in Ireland's 43 years of membership, a British prime minister will not be present.

The second week of an escalating bus dispute is set to once again inflict traffic chaos on the two million people who use our capital city each working day. In our hospital A&E departments the trolley count remains unacceptably high - and we are nowhere near the additional problems winter brings that sector.

Amidst all of this, a member of the Government team, John Halligan, treats us to a sideshow of intemperate language which brings self-indulgence to new lows in public life. In an interview with the 'Sunday Independent', Mr Halligan unleashed a stream of invective against not only his Fine Gael colleagues in the Government, but also against his own colleagues in the Independent Alliance.

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