Is it any wonder that people have no respect for the institutions of governance in this country?
Two different stories reported in the past couple of days seem to illustrate the same point. One involves a Department of Social Welfare official who was found to have misappropriated funds:
Civil servant sacked after diverting dole funds to family - News, Frontpage - Herald.ieIT WAS discovered that the employee was making payments and awarding allowances to friends and family.
She was also found to have paid Jobseeker's benefit, relating to a male known to her, into her own bank account.
in the other:
Judge accused of changing client's will to benefit her own children - Courts, National News - Independent.ieA DISTRICT court judge has gone on trial accused of trying to deceive an elderly man into leaving half his estate to her children.
While this kind of abuse of office (or in the latter case alleged abuse) is hardly novel, surely it is about time that the authorities put their own houses in order and made examples of those who abuse their positions for personal gain by imposing harsher penalties?