Terry Prone's column in the Irish Examiner ought to come with a health warning. At least it really ought to mention the connection between Prone and the Fianna Fail Party/Government. Prone's day job at Carr Communications - a PR consultancy - includes several contracts with government departments and it has been reported that she is or has been paid a retainer, at Bertie Ahern's discretion, for the Fianna Fail Party itself. For that reason readers of the Examiner ought to have their tongues well into their cheeks whenever she uses her column to comment on current affairs. As she did this week. In her column on Monday, Prone had the nerve to reprimand those affected by the health care crisis, the media, the public at large and just about anyone who feels an appropriate sense of anger at what has happened for giving expression to those feelings. We must not, Prone insists, get into playing the 'blame game'. What fantastic spin! For 'blame game' of course we should read democratic accountability.
But forget that. Prone would have us believe that the ideal response to all of this, was that of the deferential and tolerant woman who, despite having been given bad news on review of her case had nevertheless declared that she felt sorry for Mary Harney. What a model citizen! What discretion and good sense! If only everybody could be so obliging then Mary Harney and Fianna Fail need not experience a moments discomfitude. The whole problem would go quietly unremarked and everybody would focus instead on the tolerance and sacrifice of people who may even die because of what has happened.