Transparency International’s Global Corruption Report for 2006 was published today. Elaine Byrne, of the University of Limerick has an article in today’s Irish Times on the report. She is also the author of the Irish section of the report.
In her Irish Times article Ms. Byrne makes the point that Irish people are reluctant to become whistleblowers because of ‘a historically entrenched foreboding of informingâ€. This is pure unadulterated bullshit (Excuse the language but sometimes it is necessary to make a point). Anyone who still thinks this way is an idiot.
The real reason that whistleblowers are few and far between in this Banana Republic is fear and lack of Government/legal support. There is no civil servant, bank official or politician keeping quiet because of “tradition’, because he/she thinks that spilling the beans would be “unpatriotic’.
No, they know that if they are uncovered as whistleblowers their careers are over, they will never get a job again. They also know that the Government will not help them. It is six years now since promises were made to bring in legislation to facilitate whistleblowers. Nothing has happened.
This inaction suits certain elements in the political and business community. Powerful people and organizations do not want to find themselves at the mercy of whistleblowers. This Government is more than happy to make sure that their wishes are granted.