Former Fianna Fáil TD Ned O’Keeffe has been arrested on suspicion of using a false invoice to claim for mobile phone expenses while he was a member of the Dáil.
The arrest of a politician in Ireland is an extremely rare event despite the fact that corruption is endemic throughout the body politic.
This arrest will be nothing less than revolutionary if it marks the beginning of a new phase of real law enforcement targeting those who wield power and influence.
I am not, however, holding my breath.
If the Gardai decide there’s some substance to the allegations a file will be sent to the DPP.
Judging from past experience that file will remain on a shelf for years unspecified.