- 28 Mar 14
Recent revelations about rehab make a disturbing contrast to the active citizenship of the UK Labour politician Tony Benn and the Irish campaigner for justice for abused children, Christine Buckley
Issues raised in the last Whole Hog were brought into sharp focus by the publication of the report by the Garda Siochana Inspectorate into the operation of the penalty points system or, to be more precise, into the Fixed Charge Processing System. Where much of the hot pursuit of the Gardai derived from an assumption of corruption, the truth seems rather more prosaic: sloppiness, waste, complacency, poor management and little supervision.
The deficit in these areas is significant and supports the views of whistleblowers – but from a journalistic perspective it’s a bit of a let-down. Other than the questionable pleasure to be derived from hounding Alan Shatter, there isn’t much left in this story for the moment.
The same isn’t true of the drama unfolding around political insider and lobbyist Frank Flannery nor his erstwhile employers in Rehab. One acknowledges that what a person is paid is private and may be commercially sensitive – but the sums of money being bandied about are startling to say the least.