- Jun 17, 2010
As you know past Taoisigh receive 24/7 gardai protection at their homes and when they move around the country. Ask yourself...is this really appropriate? I mean 24/7 protection on this scale for former US presidents is. Leader of the most powerful nation in the world, population of 300 million and bound to upset many people with vested interests but the leader of a small island nation with a population of 4 million? I don't think so. I can understand some protection for the first few years after they leave office but who right now would threaten a past taoiseach like Albert Reynolds, 80, or Liam Cosgrave, 92. I propose we either get rid of it completely or do what the US did. They ended lifetime protection for presidents after Clinton but gave 10 years state paid protection with the protection afterwards to be incurred by the former president. 5 years paid state protection would even be enough in this country. With the big pensions former taoisigh are getting, not to mention the fancy jobs some find themselves in, John Burton Chairman of IFSC Ireland, or Bertie Ahern doing his talks around the world at high prices, I think our former taoisigh can fund their own protection and not at the expense of the taxpayer.