Public service has let us down

It is almost too depressing to contemplate for long all that the Travers Report and the events that gave rise to it say about public life in Ireland.

12th March, 2005

It is almost too depressing to contemplate for long all that the Travers Report and the events that gave rise to it say about public life in Ireland. The report depicts in sharp detail how a succession of ministers were either kept in the dark by their civil servants or in some cases clearly chose to ignore a practice that they knew was illegal nearly 30 years ago.

Their negligence has now landed us with a...

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