Would you locate a national children’s hospital in a land-locked city-centre site, with no parking for parents and nowhere for them to stay overnight?
Would you justify it by saying that they can bring their sick children to hospital by public transport? Would you tell them they can bundle their child with cancer onto a train and a bus?
Would you locate a national children’s hospital on a site with no external grounds? Nowhere they can walk or play while they’re getting better?
No? Well, that’s what our government is doing.
Would you turn down an offer of a hospital on a greenfield site with easy access to all motorways so that parents from the entire country could easily reach it by road?
Would you reject a developer’s offer to build the hospital at cost?
Would you ignore the fact that this site has so much space around it there will never be any problem with expansion?
Obviously not. That would be insane.
Well, maybe you might if you’re Bertie Ahern, the head of government, and you once worked as a book-keeper for the Sisters of Mercy, on whose site the new hospital is to be located.
I wrote about it here: Locating a children’s hospital.
Would you make an agreement with the clergy to underwrite almost their entire costs of claims made against them by abuse victims?
Of course you wouldn’t, but our government did, costing the taxpayer €1.2 billion so far, and rising.
And of course, the principal negotiator on behalf of the clergy was a member of the Sisters of Mercy, Eccles Street, Dublin. Bertie’s old employers.
Read about it here: The Sisters of Mercy
So why is Bertie Ahern being so generous to his old bosses, with your money?
Have they got something embarrassing on him?