Friday February 21, 2020

Accountability should be a basic function of high office

With Oireachtas committees, the political instinct veers towards scoring points rather than getting answers

20th May, 2018

The minority government is two years old. In that time, Leo Varadkar’s administration has been rocked on two occasions by two separate controversies that go to the very heart of how governance is conducted in this country.

The Frances Fitzgerald resignation and the shameful Vicky Phelan scandal both dramatically escalated as issues because of the non-disclosure of emails by government departments and agencies.

The basic premise of accountability is answerability, the obligation to...

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