- May 30, 2009
Shall we wait with bated breath for Flanagan to tear himself away from his Egyptian-Irish campaign so as to deal with more important issues? I hold him responsible as minister and would venture that the position he holds is entirely at his own remit. He wasn't forced into it. His boss will not pronounce on this either.I'd normally be an "off with his head" kind of guy, especially when lazy, venal and incompetent politicians are involved, but I have to agree that he can't take responsibility for what occurred before he was the relevant Minister, but how about Frances Fitzgerald - was she not the Minister at the time? How come she's not involved in explaining this?
How they react next is how we should judge them. If Flanagan doesn't find out WHO is responsible and name and shame, take appropriate disciplinary action etc., then you have a right to expect him to resign.
Always too much bewildered head scratching when stuff like this emerges, wailing about how it could have been allowed to happen..well, here it is - no follow through on this and it's going to happen again and again.
Not following through is effectively an endorsement of the poor practices and systemic waste in the government departments.