Sunday 17 December 2017

Willie Kealy

Former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan

Martin Callinan got rough justice, but had to go 

IF THE Taoiseach's plan was to completely divert the Opposition from the long-running whistleblowers controversy by revealing the taping of telephone conversations in garda stations and the need for a sworn commission of inquiry, he has achieved a remarkable success. He has sent them off chasing hares about whether or not Alan Shatter saw a letter from the Garda Commissioner when it came into the Department of Justice on March 10 or only much later; and he has them rallying to the cause of the former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan, on the grounds that he was unfairly forced to resign.

Willie Kealy: All carrot and no stick lets banks off hook on arrears 

BEFORE we found out what the Government had in mind to deal with the distressed mortgage timebomb that is ticking away at the heart of the Irish economy, Pat Rabbitte rubbished the idea that there would be wholesale repossessions. But of course, nobody had suggested there would be. The figure he mentioned, and dismissed, was 95,000 repossessions, which would represent the bulk of the private home loans currently in arrears of more than 90 days.

Willie Kealy: Brave officers are facing down very criminals we try to ignore 

We all watched Love/Hate with a kind of fascination. It was exciting entertainment. But week after week, we had a feeling at the back of our minds that it was more than that. And as life began to imitate art it became clear that what we were getting was a glimpse into real life. Not the ordinary humdrum life of the majority, but a life completely devoid of any kind of moral compass centred entirely around the most base elements of human nature.