Wednesday 21 March 2018

Time to clean up political system

SENATOR Ivor Callely issued a baffling statement on Saturday on the question of his Oireachtas expenses claims. Yesterday, Taoiseach Brian Cowen said that the explanation raised more questions than it answered.

This remark deserves to go down in the annals of great understatements. In fact, Mr Callely's account did not answer any of the questions to which the Seanad, the Fianna Fail party -- and, above all, the public -- would like to have clear answers.

It was confusing and in some respects contradictory. It mentioned two different figures for the sums involved. It referred to the senator's contacts with his legal advisers, but one would assume that lawyers would have insisted on greater clarity.

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