Elaine Byrne: Hogan learns that public office duties extend beyond legal obligations

One consequence of the pandemic may well be the speeding up of reforms of ethical processes for commissioners and judges

30th August, 2020
Elaine Byrne: Hogan learns that public office duties extend beyond legal obligations
Phil Hogan fell on his sword because he continuously attempted to offer a legal justification for his behaviour without any recognition of his moral responsibility for his actions as an office holder

The fallout from the inglorious Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden has cost the jobs of a European commissioner, a minister for agriculture, the deputy chairperson of the Seanad, a popular current affairs presenter and, potentially, a Supreme Court judge. The party whip was also removed from six senators and several councillors.

A Garda investigation is under way, and apologies are fluttering about in the wind. My book on the history of political accountability in...

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