Ceann Comhairle abuses Dail privilege?

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett became very angry with Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty when he made allegations about the new Secretary General at the Department of Finance, Mr. John Moran (RTE News).

Will you resume your seat or you’ll be taking a walk. Will you please resume your seat? You’re not making allegations in this house, leave the house deputy.

You’re not making allegations in this house?

I was always under the impression that Dail privilege was extended to politicians precisely so that they could raise issues and make allegations in the public interest without having to worry about being hauled into a court of law.

O Snodaigh scandal confirms Sinn Fein as just another party operating within a corrupt political/administrative system

The abuse of public funds by Sinn Fein’s Aengus O Snodaigh to the tune of €50,000 is no big deal financially speaking.

Politicians have been plundering public funds for decades and that situation is unlikely to change until the corrupt political/administrative system is totally dismantled.

The incident is important, however, in that it confirms that Sinn Fein is not the radical party it has always claimed to be.

The reaction by Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and O Snodaigh himself places their party firmly within the main stream body politic sphere of get what you can out of the system while the going is good.

It was excessive but, we’re told, he broke no law, he did nothing wrong.

These words have confirmed (and condemned) Sinn Fein as a fully signed up member of an irredeemably corrupt political/administrative system.

If Sinn Fein was the radical party they have always claimed to be they would never even have engaged with the rotten system in the first place. If they were truly revolutionary they would have refused to take their Dail seats.

Instead, they would have stood outside the gates of Dail Eireann, with the people, and stayed there until the disease of corruption had been excised from the body politic.

This incident, and the reaction to it, also puts paid to any hope that the party might reform the rotten system from the inside.

It’s doubtful that Sinn Fein, in common with all other parties, is even aware of how corrupt the political/administrative system really is.

Sinn Fein’s rising popularity in recent years, I believe, is a desperate plea from ordinary Irish citizens for real accountability and transparency from a courageous and visionary political party.

This incident and the cynical/dishonest reaction to it have dashed any hopes that Sinn Fein is the party with the courage and vision to root out the disease of corruption from Irish public life.

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I used to wonder what exactly Ireland Inc referred to. At least now I know that it’s something Aengus Ó Snodaigh uses a lot of (Breaking News, February 28th).

Yours, etc,
Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.


The Armalite and the Cartridge?

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Strawberry Beds, Dublin 20.


Given the Sinn Féin deputy’s profligate use of colour ink, it’s no wonder the country’s in the red.

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Des Doris

Trafalgar Lane,
Monkstown, Co Dublin.