Enda Kenny said he has no problem apologising to Maurice McCabe for the issues that he raised and for the fact that his raising these matters wasn’t dealt with more speedily in the first instance.
Let’s analyse that.
Firstly, Enda doesn’t actually apologise for anything. He simply says that he would have no problem apologising in certain circumstances.
What are those circumstances?
the issues that he raised and for the fact that his raising these matters wasn’t dealt with more speedily in the first instance
Enda has no business apologising to Maurice McCabe for the issues he raised, since Enda didn’t bring them about, but let’s look at the second part of his sentence
the fact that his raising these matters wasn’t dealt with more speedily in the first instance
Does anyone think speed is the issue?
The reality is that everyone, from the Garda middle management to the Commissioner, from the Department of Justice to the minister and on to Enda Kenny himself, did their best to portray Maurice McCabe as a troublemaker. They did their best to silence him, all of them, including Enda Kenny.
Therefore, when Enda Kenny says he’d have no difficulty apologising to Maurice McCabe, he is talking standard-issue guff.
The Guerin report is utterly damning. It exposes everyone, from the local Gardai all the way up to the Commissioner as part of a completely inadequate and unprofessional policing organisation, but it also implicates the Department of Justice in the spectacular screw-up that is Irish policing.
The new Justice Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, has twice failed to express confidence in Brian Purcell, head of the Justice department, even though this was the man sent to wave the hatchet at Martin Callinan, the doomed Garda chief.
Callinan is gone. His political puppet-master Alan Shatter is gone. Purcell might well be gone before the week is out, but where does that place Enda Kenny, who was more than happy to leave the garda whistleblowers swinging in the breeze when he found it politically expedient?
As with most other things Kenny says, his expression of support for McCabe is bullshit, but in this case it might be tinged with a hint of concern for his own political survival. After all, he was the man who backed his justice minister when Shatter sought to rubbish what McCabe had been saying. He was the man who dismissed the assertions that Sean Guerin subsequently found to be true and believable.
Enda Kenny’s own inquiry showed that he had been oppressing an innocent and well-intentioned man.
Therefore, by definition, Enda Kenny’s own credibility is now on the line and maybe it’s time he stood aside in favour of a leader who isn’t so quick to believe and propagate nonsense.
Somebody better than Enda, in other words. How hard could that be?