Hanafin – Operating from the sewer

Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin, as reported by RTE (2nd report, 1st item),

“had the crowd on its feet when she vowed to deal with foreign welfare fraudsters.”

Hanafin is the most undemocratic and ruthless minister since the electorate had the good sense to throw out the extreme right wing politician Michael McDowell.

Hanafin doesn’t seem to have any particular ideology; staying in power seems to be her only ambition and if that means rousing the rabble to a fever pitch of racist hatred against ‘foreign welfare fraudsters’ then so be it.