Monday 14 October 2019

Do you see the elephant, Willie?

Sir -- Willie O'Dea's Jonathan Swift quote: "expect nothing and you will not be disappointed" is fair enough as far as some of the budget decisions are concerned. But another of Swift's little gems would have been nearer the mark for the bums that warm the Dail benches: "I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed".

Not once in his article (Sunday Independent, Dec 11, 2011), does Mr O'Dea make any mention of the elephant in the room -- i.e. the sweet public sector deal that has tied the hands of government and opposition alike in an era of economic turmoil. I refer, of course, to the Croke Park Agreement.

Because of this very obvious "omission", I find it difficult to accept that Willie O'Dea is any different from the rest of our so-called public representatives.

The golden circle in most immediate need of reform is not the one that protects bankers and rogue developers, but the one that embraces the interests of government ministers, backbenchers, public sector bosses and their minions, who are prepared to brazenly defend their right to special treatment with the last drop of the private sector's blood.

Willie O'Dea should know that there is no point in attacking decisions that were taken on the budget while he remains committed, along with the majority of his colleagues in all parties, to the cosy protectionist arrangement that is the Croke Park Agreement.

Niall Ginty,

Killester, Dublin 5

Sunday Independent

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