Thursday 19 April 2018

Independents owed gratitude for raising whistleblowers' plight

Clare Daly, one of the Independent TDs who highlighted whistleblower issue. Photo: Tom Burke
Clare Daly, one of the Independent TDs who highlighted whistleblower issue. Photo: Tom Burke
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

In my mind's eye, I see and hear a huge bandwagon rolling and spluttering through the political landscape, with senior Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour and Sinn Féin notables all shouting to get our attention while they tell us how shocked they are by the treatment of the Garda whistleblowers.

Each party supremo is emphasising how he/she has always had the interests of those brave people at heart and is deeply committed to recognising their uncommon valour and sacrifice.

Drowned out by the unmerciful racket made by the bandwagon engine and largely obscured by the enormous belching of fumes from its exhaust are those voices of the past...the ones we heard and read about a few years ago, but which were scorned, dismissed or ignored by the main parties in the Dáil and excoriated in both the mainstream media and via online news outlets: Clare Daly, Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Mick Wallace, and Joan Collins.

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