Mick Wallace is an Irish politician.
A bit like Pavlov’s dog hearing a bell, there is an instinctive salivation for some on the left at the sound of bombs dropping. It allows them to deploy some of their favourite slogans — “the poor pay for the rich man’s games” or “yes to peace, no to Nato”.
No wonder Mick Wallace feels an affinity with Russia. The oligarch of Wexfordgrad has cheated on his taxes, was found to have not paid pension contributions for his workers, has a foreign holiday property, owns his own football club, and has gifted a villa and vineyard to family members.
It’s never nice to laugh at the afflicted. Especially an easy target like the left in Irish politics. Shooting fish in a barrel. But I’m going to indulge myself anyway. In these bleak times, you take your fun wherever you find it.
The country that poses the greatest threat to world peace currently has the right of veto over the United Nations Security Council. As Ireland is now an elected member of the UN Security Council for 2021-2022, I suggest we would gain much global respect by using this position to force a vote on Russia’s ‘right of veto’, at least while Putin remains leader.
For more than three decades, controversy about foreign travel and the European Parliament usually focused on what were called junkets. That’s a term, less used these days, meaning an extravagant trip at taxpayers’ expense that is of questionable work content and/or lacking broader societal value.
CLARE Daly has defended hiring her political ally Mick Wallace’s son as a taxpayer funded European Parliament assistant – a role which can command a salary of more than €8,500 a month.
It's hard to fathom why any TD would swap the cut and thrust of the Dail, where they can make some difference to the political life of the nation, for the European Parliament, where they'll just be one of more than 700 MEPs, with limited powers to bring about change.
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