Reform agenda needs to be priority

The promise of openness, transparency and political reform is gone, with disappointing results.

The promise of openness, transparency and political reform is gone, with disappointing results.

This week’s revelations regarding the €50 million consultants fees with regards to Irish Water show that the culture of wasteful Government quangos are alive and well. With it being a subsidiary of Bord Gais, surely there could have been institutional knowledge transferred, and accountability to us the tax payer, as to how this money, our money, was actually spent.

The instruction to delay decisions on the path of the new EirGrid Electricity Pylons is nothing short of a political stunt to avoid a delicate subject and retain Council seats. One would imagine, being a great engine to fight emigration (according to the Taoiseach), they would be a top priority? The people of this country have demanded change but what they are getting is far from it. It is very sad to see that even the promises that don’t cost money, that are not affected by the economic crisis, are being spurned. Unfortunately it’s a case of same old, same old.

David Ryan

FF candidate Portlaoise/

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