Interesting piece today in the Irish Times about Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn's comments at a book launch. Minister Quinn was unhappy that a recent appointment to a State board by him, where the appointee had made a small donation to his election campaign, was seen as perhaps “ergo he has bought his place on the board”. He suggested that the “politically correct” presumption that if you get a political donation “you are inevitably corrupted” should be challenged.
I thought it interesting that Michael Noonan, as Fine Gael leader, banned corporate donations in 2001 as he believed financial support from business to politicians is perceived by the public to have one purpose - securing commercial advantage. Mr Kenny reversed this policy.
Has the pendulum (as Ruairi put it) swung to a certain point and should it be rebalanced to a certain position?
Quinn criticises notion that donations corrupt - Oireachtas News Updates | The Irish Times - Thu, Mar 07, 2013
Quinn appoints five members of public to boards - Irish News, World News & More | The Irish Times - Mon, Mar 04, 2013
State board appointments 'not fair' - RTÉ News