With great power comes no responsibilities

With every new outrage in Ireland there is the promises of an inquiry, but the state's true instinct is to cover up abuses, not expose them, writes Eddie Molloy.

15th June, 2014
A feature of catastrophic institutional failures in Ireland is that we repeat them, again and again.

In response to the public outcry over the shameful and cruel treatment of women and their babies in mother and child homes, the government has indicated that a full inquiry will take place. In this context, the minister responsible for the public service, Brendan Howlin, reassured us that ''all records held in by public bodies will be made available.

I don't doubt the sincerity of the government in announcing an inquiry that will get to...

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