Senator Jillian van Turnhout tweeted the following in response to the nightmare conditions under which asylum seekers are subjected to by the State.
We cannot say we didn’t know how bad it was!
On the reasonable assumption that the ‘we’ Ms. Turnhout speaks of includes ordinary (powerless) citizens as opposed to those who wield power, my response is as follows:
Dear Ms. Turnhout,
You are a member of the body politic of this country. You were (allegedly) put there to serve the best interests of Ireland and its people. You and your fellow politicians created and sustains the political/administrative environment within which such injustices occur.
You can, at any time of your choosing, act to relieve the horror of Direct Provision.
You could, for example, begin a campaign among your fellow politicians; you could stand outside Dail Eireann with a placard demanding justice. You could, if all else fails, resign in protest.
You will not, of course, take any of these actions for one simple but disgraceful reason – your principal loyalty is to yourself and the government that bestowed upon you the power and privileges of public office.
The only action you are prepared to take, apparently, is to turn on those you claim to serve and blame them for the horror.
Such cowardly responses are the mainstay for what passes as political responsibility in our dysfunctional democracy.