Here’s the story of the West Link in a nutshell.
The bridge cost NTR a mere €14 million to build. In twenty years of operation they have milked a fortune from long suffering motorists/taxpayers. Now, those same taxpayers have to buy back the bridge for €600 million and into the future they will be forced to pay at least another €600 million in continuing tolls.
So who was involved in this very lucrative deal that has massively enriched big business by imposing penal costs on taxpayers?
Those familiar with how our banana republic is run will not be surprised to learn that George Redmond, the corrupt former Dublin Assistant City and County Manager signed the contract in company with the then Environment Minister Padraig Flynn.
To top off the sleazy deal, the bridge was opened by none other than the king of corruption himself, Charles Haughey.
The whole sorry saga stands as a potent symbol of how a country can go rotten when it is greedily exploited by low quality political leadership.