Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The pot calls the kettle unethical

Amidst all the argument in the Dáil today let us not forget the brave contribution of volunteer Kevin O'Cullen, 'RAShinner TD, who drew on his vast experience of high moral ground and told the Taoiseach Bertie Ahem-hem that his acceptance of monies in 1993 and 1994 was unethical. In 1993, when Bertie was getting cash from his friends, the 'RAShinners were blowing up fish shops on the Shankill Road.

O'Cullen's speech was muffled so it was hard to make out whether he again requested a release for those who executed Jerry McCabe

Whatever else one might think of Ahem-hem's conduct, it is proper that he has returned the monies that he received. No politician should gain from any untoward activities. We have a Criminal Assets Bureau to confiscate ill-gotten assets. It's a pity that we don't have an equivalent body that can confiscate ill-gotten political capital.

Of course, if we had such an agency they might start by confiscating the political capital gained by the 'RAShinners through their close links with terrorists and criminal gangs. They are like bank robbers who have handed over the gun and been allowed to keep the money. It's not as if they've even so much as apologized for an error of judgement.

If there is corruption in Irish political life, if there are unethically acquired riches, if there are politicians who are morally compromised by those to whom they are beholden then the most corrupt, most guilty, most unethical and immoral of them all are surely the 'RAShinners.

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