Lucinda Creighton: Refugee policy may make politicians feel good, but it fails those in need

Last week’s attempt to uproot 138 Ukrainian refugees from Killarney and move them to Mayo without any warning shows that serious policymaking has been replaced with virtue signalling

Sometimes we are a great country for clapping ourselves on the back and telling ourselves that we are better than everyone else. Our political leaders in particular love to be seen to be on “the right side” of whatever the trendy liberal issue of the day may be.

These days, the blinding goal in public life is to be adjudicated “compassionate” and “progressive”, labels that are entirely meaningless, but allow people to enjoy a feeling ...