Inside the Dail: Thought Police out to Tackle Tacky TDs

By Brophy, Karl | The Mirror (London, England), March 8, 1999 | Go to article overview

Inside the Dail: Thought Police out to Tackle Tacky TDs


Brophy, Karl, The Mirror (London, England)


THE French philosopher Albert Camus once said that if there are no principles there must be rules.

This morning a powerful Dail committee will release a 32-page proposal of strict controls to help prevent our politicians becoming corrupt.

There are no principles left in Irish politics so we must have rules - lots of rules.

The honour and responsibility of serving their country in the national parliament is no longer enough to keep our TDs on the straight and narrow.

Everything and everyone is corruptible. Trust no-one - they're all at it.

Cleaning up politics has become a political issue. Fianna Fail have decided they're going to make Irish politics a better place for honest young people.

That's like asking Paul Gascoigne to mind your kebab.

There once were great people in Dail Eireann, people who worked through tougher times than now to improve the lot of the Irish. They came from all parties, including - especially - Fianna Fail.

They were men who, were they around today, would sneer at the pathetic Dail report on Government Proposals for a Standards in Public Office Bill.

Modern Fianna Fail have been caught with their grubby paws in the till and the country is picking up the tab as politicians fall over themselves to be seen doing the right thing.

THE new Big Brother commission will be responsible for policing TDs in Dail Eireann.

Deputies and senators have spent months working out how many different degrading ways they can expose their most private affairs to the electorate.

The result, under the chairmanship of Fianna Fail's Tony Killeen, is this morning's report.

In his long-winded preamble to the report he writes: "It is clear that there is grave public disquiet and cynicism arising from the revelations at the Payments to Politicians and Planning Tribunals and arising from other recent scandals in banking and other spheres.

"The activities uncovered - leading as they do to insidious cynicism, sometimes fuelled by destructive denigration in sections of the media - pose a serious threat to this state's model of parliamentary democracy." That's right, Tony, blame the media.

For all his good intentions, he is completely wrong - as is practically every other member of Dail Eireann, but particularly those in Fianna Fail. …

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