Actually, Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy was right to rewrite rules on use of Dáil privilege
September 20 2021 02:30 AM
The late comedian Caroline Aherne’s spoof chat show host, Mrs Merton, famously asked magician’s assistant and wife Debbie McGee: “What first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?” A similar question could be posed to Sinn Féin about their appointments to State boards: what’s the attraction with all your party cronies?
Foras na Gaeilge, the cross-border body, has no less than six Sinn Féin cronies on the board, appointed jointly with the Northern Executive, where Sinn Féin is in power. There’s Pearse Doherty’s political adviser, former Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada, a current councillor, a former councillor, a one-time candidate and a party activist. You could hold a mini-ard fheis at the board meetings. It’s not the only example, it’s just the most striking.