Pádraig was good today. He was back in the wheelchair. He was back out on the roof terrace. He is back eating. But not just once. Twice. And this was just the first day of it. We’ll do that for some time. In no time, no time at all, he’ll be eating his three meals a day. Really.
No doubt about it.
Did you listen to the news today? Did you hear anything new? Let me guess.
And that is the really sad news.
Over the past few days, the Irish media were packed with news, comments, and statements from officials and politicians and journalists with appeals to the Taoiseach, our Irish prime minister, to “make this the best little country in the world for people with disabilities“, as Sara Burke did in The Independent last Thursday.
The papers and some commentators are having a go at Taoiseach Enda Kenny because they focus on a remark he made in the 2011 election campaign when he, as quoted by the Irish Times, asserted “to be making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business may not be total nonsense after all”. Recently, the Irish Times conceded that Enda Kenny is doing well delivering on his promise – “If you’re a multinational that is.”
They don’t really do Enda Kenny justice, because what he is saying and what he repeated in a speech at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner on 9th October 2014 in the Dublin Convention Centre is:
“It’s not just about the pay-cheque; it’s about their sense of worth, their place in the world, their contribution to their family, community and country.
This has been the goal from day one of Government: to be the best small country in the world for business, to raise a family and to grow old with dignity.”
The pity is, that, overall, he is focussing on the multinationals, as rightly observed by the Irish Times.
Here is what makes me really mad: EVERYBODY KNOWS!
There was another Prime Time report some months ago about not the first, but the 5th case baby death at Portlaoise Hospital. It revealed that the parents of the baby worked day and night to find out what had happened. They assembled all the details they could find and sent them to the Health Authorities to make them aware that something had gone terribly wrong in that hospital – only to find out, eventually and after months of hard work into the early hours of the morning, that the hospital, the people working there, and the health authorities had known what had gone wrong all along.
EVERYBODY KNEW, except the people most concerned, but everybody that could have done something about it. There were new recommendations and new guidelines.
This morning, I heard on the news that the staff of the ICU in Beaumont Hospital is planning to go on strike because they feel that the conditions there are unsafe.
How on earth can politicians and the people responsible talk about investigations, commissions of enquiry, and pretend to be surprised and shocked to hear about what is happening?
They know. EVERYBODY KNOWS.
This is the best country in the world to find help and support when you most need it – from your family and friends. Now, lets ask the government to join us. Today, it’s their choice. Tomorrow, it’ll be ours.