It’s a long article but well worth a read. It really does show who rules this country.
And it probably answers the question as to how Barristers can afford to buy houses for €8m and then pump the same into it again to bring it back to it’s historical grandeur. All the time fighting a lengthy and very costly legal case against the Local County Council over rights of way.
I’ve yet to see an article from Noel Whelan on this!
The Legal Profession -so good, they beat the Troika.
Like em or hate em, each and every quango was set up for a reason. And whatever the reason was, the government of the day and the Dáil decided their functions were necessary.
I’d say that almost all of them will remain for that reason: from time to time, a couple with similar briefs can be amalgated or done away with, and occasionally one or other outlives its purpose - but otherwise they are going to remain.
If two or three are brought together but their functons are still required, a new level of bureaucracy will be set up to manage the merger - and we get something like the HSE. All the Health Boards have disappeared, but there is a new layer of officeworkers on top. Less quangos, but more bureaucrats. Job done!
Unless you believe that the answer is to privatise everything - which just means that the function will be carried out by an even less accountable body.
This is rubbish. In the main quangos were set up because the civil service, due it continued use of the outmoded non specialist recruitment system, is incapable of providing the specialist information and analysis ministers now need. Relying for advice on someone recruited after the leaving cert or after a classics degree from UCD was fine in1950 but makes no sense now.
Numerous high end officials within the Departments are members of the Bar and Law Societies themselves.
And anyway, it is the Attorney General’s Office who are ultimately charged with providing legal advice to the Government… I assume youre not suggesting that Mr Sutherland, Mr McDowell and others of their number are incapable formulating coherent legislative interpretations…
To get somewhat back on point as we already have a thread dedicated to Quangos
Does no one else find this totally GUBU…these Cowboys were practically drafting the legislation that would govern their own profession. These unelected leeches had first view of any proposals before the Cabinet even got a whiff of it.
It’s absolutely sickening…and people were saying we lost our Sovereignty when the Troika came in!!! We’d lost it long before that by the looks of it.
And Poacher makes a good point about the way Society has developed in the era of Minority rights and a Diverse Society, and how this has given the Wigged ones access to a bottomless money pit via the Taxpayer.
Just look at the millions Barristers and Solicitors are making from the Asylum process in this country independent.ie/irish-news/co … 08349.html
So the connections between Government and the Legal Profession might explain a lot about how we got to where we are today
Lawyers, unions and consultants are constant benificiaries of taxpayer largess. Billions wasted every year. But the links between those groups and the seats of power in Ireland are so large it’s hard to see them ever being reigned in. This is also why it’s crazy to have a doctor as Minister for health, or a lawyer as Minister for justice.
I’m pretty sure I’ve read that very few people are ever actually removed from the State although I could be wrong.
Another point worth noting re costs however, is that any immigration work taken against the State is covered by free legal aid, no matter how vexatious. The costs associated with this industry are huge and are footed entirely by the taxpayer.
A simple way to root out the more vexatious cases would be to simply allow the State recover costs in those cases where it’s succesful, or at least in cases where the application is quite clearly a nonsense/stalling mechanism. As it stands the systems a joke
Is there any analysis of the Irish legal industry that compares costs to countries like Canada and the UK? As far as I can see, a lot more prosecutions in Canada are conducted by salaried employees than would be the case in Ireland and nobody seems concerned about the quality of the product.