John McGuinness: Our bureaucracy is a shambles overseen by managers while politicians are sidelined
Public representatives are tired of taking the blame for decisions made by civil servants who do what they like
Contrary bedfellows, civil servants and public representatives, have to live together. They need each others skills, which should result in respect, tinged with a healthy tension, between them.
That was how it was in my 25 years as a local councillor, at a time when local politicians were powerful and county managers knew how to get what they wanted. We respected each other and cooperated.
When I entered the Dáil in 1997, the old ...