From Michael Hennigan writing in the Dublin Review of Books:
…in 1986, the late UCD constitutional law professor and Fine Gael TD John Kelly said: “Ireland’s political and official rulers have largely behaved like a crew of maintenance engineers, just keeping a lot of old British structures and plant ticking over .‑. The challenge is to evolve structures ‑ within which the people can be drawn to individual and community responsibility for their own development.”
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