Monday 19 February 2018

This Government has no moral authority

* In an overall societal sense, the Government crossed the line of decency a long time ago. However, I would imagine that James Reilly's move to review medical cards for non-terminal cancer sufferers will enrage anybody who has ever witnessed a loved one receive a cancer diagnosis, deal with the psychological fallout of that news, suffer from the disease every day and fight to preserve their sense of self as they balance on the threshold.

Yes, there are varying levels of "seriousness", but that is not an acceptable rationale for starting discretionary medical card support at terminal stage. Being diagnosed with cancer is one of the most daunting things a person will ever have to face, and the least one could expect is that the State should have their back. It can be such a dehumanising experience.

If only these self-aggrandising politicians showed a similar level of disdain for bankers and toxic financial institutions. The message from the Irish Government is clear – if you are an arrogant, wealthy banking executive who left the people to foot a bailout costing billions, leading to the loss of our economic sovereignty, then you will be supported to the hilt. In fact, you will be retained in your job and given a nice bonus and a big pension.

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