Restoring the public's trust
The six-year sentence handed down to former Dungarvan town councillor Fred Forsey Jnr yesterday is a welcome sign that we are finally getting serious about tackling political corruption.
For far too long, even when incontrovertible evidence of wrongdoing has emerged, corrupt politicians have been treated with kid gloves.
This tolerance of corruption has brought the entire political system into disrepute with many voters concluding, wrongly, that all politicians are on the take. The cynicism this has bred has been corrosive.