Wednesday October 28, 2020

When a nice job in Europe is a problem solved

The Wild Geese ploy deals with politicians and others who become the focus of attention that may make the government unpopular

20th August, 2017
Kevin Cardiff has been seen by some as a recent example of this statecraft Pic: RollingNews.ie

What is it about the Irish mindset that sees a prestigious job in Europe as penance? Over the years, Irish politics has developed a ‘Wild Geese’ ploy as a method of sidestepping difficult issues. Here is how it works:

News that Nóirín O’Sullivan was unsuccessful in her bid for a senior specialist role in the European Union’s law enforcement agency was met by dismay in some government quarters. The major role with Europol...

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