Bradley Bytes – a kind of political chronicle with Dara Bradley
Robert Troy finally resigned as Minister of State last week following a series of damaging revelations about his failure to declare his land interests.
When lawmakers fail to meet their obligations under the law and support legislation that could enrich them without declaring a potential conflict of interest, it brings politics into disrepute.
Much of Troy’s commentary and criticism was valid. If he had filled out the forms correctly and declared his interests, there would be no controversy.
Thus, the theory of “poor Robert shot by the media” does not hold. He got what he deserved, and the people of Westmeath will eventually judge him and his actions in the next general election. It is democracy.
However, People Before Profit sensed an opportunity to stick the boot. Their representative in Galway, Adrian Curran, correctly pointed out that 80 TDs and Senators are owners, Galway East TD Seán Canney and Galway West TD Noel Grealish among them.
But then Adrian got hyped and said, “There should be no owner TDs and no owner end points.”
Even heeding the rather sweeping suggestion that TDs should not be allowed to own investment property, although it will never happen, PBP has damaged its own credibility as a serious political force when it said, “There should be. . . no owners period”.
It’s like solving world hunger without the farmers. Seriously, how do you solve the landlordless housing disaster? You may not like them; but at least concede that they are a necessary evil, and rental properties are part of the solution.
Organizations like Galway City Council and Society of Saint Vincent de Paul are proprietary; should they stop hosting in PBP’s utopia?
In fact, in Galway we need more, not less, landlords. Because if we had more landlords willing to rent out their properties long-term, rather than emptying the city’s established residential communities by using their extra homes as short-term rentals for tourists on Airbnb, that would go some way to solving the housing problem. node.
If there’s one thing politicians could learn from “Troy Story”, it’s that the Public Service Standards Commission is not fit for purpose. SIPO needs teeth and adequate funding to be able to show those teeth. Otherwise, this sad saga will repeat itself.
(Photo: People Before Profit’s Adrian Curran who proclaimed: “There should be no TD owners and no owners, period.”)
This is an abbreviated version of this article. For more Bradley Bytes, check out the September 2 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.