Tuesday 21 November 2017

We fund the salaries, so we have a right to know

Angela Kerins, Chief Executive, Rehab Group. Photo: Damien Eagers
Angela Kerins, Chief Executive, Rehab Group. Photo: Damien Eagers

* I sometimes wonder how it was that I was born, raised and educated in Ireland, yet have acquired a completely different mentality, in all issues of ethics and transparency, to those people all across the public service to whom we pander by facilitating their denial over the fact that the public has the right to know every single detail about their salaries, their pensions, their expenses and all the finer financial points of their organisations' accounts, be it a government department, a quango, a hospital or a charity.

These organisations wouldn't exist without the funding they receive from the Irish public and should be answerable to them.

It simply beggars belief that nearly three years after the democratic 'revolution' Enda Kenny and his government keep talking about, he can maintain a straight face and claim to be 'shocked' at recent revelations.

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