Thursday October 29, 2020

Ministers are not superhuman – they need expert advice to get the job done

Comment: The task of running a government department is challenging enough on a good day. The idea it can be done without a team of trusted advisers is ridiculous

27th September, 2020
The announcement of the members of the new cabinet at the Convention Centre Dublin in June. The current programme for government is ambitious and ministers will need significant expertise and political support in implementing it

The announcement by the government last week of its decision to appoint special advisers to some ministers of state was met with the stale media outrage we have come to expect.

It was suggested that these appointments were a demonstration of unnecessary largesse and two fingers to the people who are struggling due to job losses or business closures caused by the pandemic. It was just another example of jobs for the boys, politicians feathering...

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