When Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, was asked why disgraced businessman Denis O’Brien was invited to the Global Irish Economic Forum last October he replied:
The invitations that went out replicated those that were invited to the first forum, and that’s what happened.
This pathetic excuse was (rightly) greeted with howls of laughter in the Dail.
Howlin’s excuse can be placed in the same category as that of the liar Ahern’s ‘I won my money on the horses’ excuse.
Both of these individuals show arrogant contempt for proper democracy and the intelligence of Irish citizens.
Minister Howlin deserves to be treated with the same level of respect as the liar Ahern.