I've worked hard this week, while I have had my folks abroad on holidays, to provide everyone with as much informed debate as possible.... with a platform for their individual concerns and "hot topics". Now I have a personal request to make. I think I've earned it (though its slightly an abuse of my position I guess .... in my defense its not for me. )
As many will know I've been questioning the actions and the morality of the Irish Red Cross's governance as brought to light by Noel Wardick's selfless act of whistle-blowing on 1 Million euros worth of "financial irregularities".
Noel is one of the last honest Joe's standing. I've known him for years and I consider his integrity higher than even my own. He's been supported by every investigative journalist out there from Primetime to The Times.
I am given to understand that tomorrow Noel will be dismissed as head of their International Department for bringing the issue of "financial irregularity" and mal-governance to light.
This is someone who has put their job, of over a decade, on the line for what he felt was right. He's about to lose everything as a result. If anything, surely this is the sort of person we need in this country and 1000s more like him. Instead of a medal, he gets hung out to dry, a warning to everyone else to keep their mouths shut.
Well, I'm not someone to "keep my mouth shut" . But my voice cant be heard as clearly as yours. Will you consider the facts and consider tabling a motion or question or whatever you can do to raise this issue and not let an honest Joe get fried for having the integrity to say "this is wrong"?
I'm sorry to bring this up here, but its something I feel strongly about and god damn but we need more people with backbone and not less.