By and large I don’t judge politicians on ability. Many decisions are the product of advisers and PR men. I do, however, judge them on moral and ethics, and on this alone Mr Reilly is of a questionable standing.
I come from a FF family background. Here’s the stroke list I can recall
- 1 x uncle bumped up a waiting list for cardiac consultant ultimately leading to a, shall we say, timelier, bypass (direct TD contact locally)
- 2 x grandparents going from hospital straight to public nursing home (their local TD - “shure no bother, aren’t they Fianna Fail voters all their lives”)
- 1 x brother’s (sub 1k) hospital bill vanishing
- 1 x contract -> permanency in public sector, 1 month after a failed interview for that role (less said about this the better)
- 3 x council house leapfrogging
There’s a lot of smaller things, and a couple of things that would say too much.
Got a call from a family member at the last election “Such and such really needs your vote, he’s done a lot for us”, to which I answered “That’s precisely why I won’t vote for him, oddly enough”.
That’s extreme to say the least, but I think we need to move on from this type of thing, and Reilly is a bad echo of the past.