#VinB on hypocrisy of parliamentarians who seek (for once) to enforce the law…

Had to do a double take on this one this morning… Vincent Browne points to a number of cases that have passed unnoticed under the gaze of Dublin’s parliamentarians (not least Ireland’s wealthiest media tycoon, Denis O’Brien)..

While Vincent is not arguing that Mick the Builder (from Wexford) is not deserving of censure,

…in a normal, decent society, he would be deserving of censure and of the appropriate criminal sanctions.

…he does, however, muddy the waters somewhat by getting in a little whataboutery of his own…

But the society of our political establishment is different.

This is close to the territory that Fintan O’Toole was probing last week. But in his case, whilst the case of Lowry and the awarding of the last 3G licence in the state were to the fore in his analsys, O’Toole pinpoints the nub of the problem: impunity from corrective measures which would be normal elsewhere.

Today’s water weak response from the Irish coalition government to local planning notwithstanding, surely the way to solve the problem is to end the principle of immunity for those we like or with whom we have business or family connections rather than to give into the thoroughly subversive notion that we’re all damned anyway?

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  • Mister Joe

    Since it is strongly argued that a criminal offence was committed, does the lack of action imply that the Garda or the Irish director of public prosecutions are not independent and free to act?

  • Desmond Trellace

    The punishment of Helmut Kohl was mentioned in the back-linked piece. One should not forget that he had already relinquished power when this happened. The money fine that was imposed was no serious punishment.

    In my thirty years in Germany I have seen only one person from the political-financial power complex getting a prison sentence (i.e. a real punishment) – and his case is not really representative.

    It is an eternal fact of the human condition: power never punishes itself.