Monday February 17, 2020

Our Taoiseach needs to get hot under the white collar

If Leo Varadkar wants to show that he views all classes of fraudster equally, he needs to be here spearheading innovative proposals

5th November, 2017
Charlie Flanagan, Frances Fitzgerald, Paschal Donohoe and Shane Ross: is Fine Gael serious about white-collar crime? Picture: Maura Hickey

I have a theory: that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was so dumbfounded by Frances Fitzgerald’s weak white collar crime proposals that he made sure he was geographically as far away as possible when they were announced with pomp and ballyhoo outside government buildings during the week. About 8,000 kilometres’ distance in California should do it, he thought.

Varadkar contributed just 99 words to a press release on what Fitzgerald described as the “most comprehensive...

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