The shenanigans in the Dail last night should really shock us all , but does it ? During a break in the early morning proceedings, TD Tom Barry (FG) grabbed his female colleague Aine Collins and forced her onto his lap, he may have felt that this was funny or appropriate but alas it was neither. Barry has since apologised for the incident and it looks like Ms Collins has accepted it. Should that be the end of it ? absolutely not is what I say. This sort of nod nod wink wink behaviour deserves to be left in the past, women do not deserve this boorishness and most men are capable of recognising that this is wrong. So why do we seem unable to deal with these things in a swift and incisive way ? We don’t because the leadership in this country is weak, they are weak of thought, morally weak, ethically unsound and unjust in their practice. This TD should have been pulled up by his peers, he should have been dressed down by his seniors and he should have had the good sense and decorum to resign. In the organisation I am lucky to work in this would simply not be tolerated, is that understood throughout the services ? yes it is, why? because we are lucky to have strong, ethically and morally sound leaders, both Female and Male who practice what they preach and who are not in fear of making a decision. That alas is what is at the centre of our current morass, we have no one capable of making a decision. last nights fiasco is only indicative of a much greater failure in Government and I for one believe that there are very few members of Dail Eireann who have the moral courage to stand up for all of Ireland.
Adrian McKenna is a frontline Child Care Professional; he has worked and Managed for many years with young people and adults in residential care, detention services, mental health services and post-adoption services. He currently works with a large Dublin-based charity. He is a Committee Member of The Irish Association of Social Care Workers, Social Justice Ireland and was on the National Committee of the YES Campaign for Children.
All views expressed are entirely my own unless otherwise stated and are not representative of any organisation or employer past , present or future.