I was taken aback when the recent ‘crime’ figures were produced and not a peep was heard from the ultimate ‘law and order’ party, Fine Gael. They do pride themselves as the nation’s alpha crime fighters: prisoners paying for their B&B, boot camps, the open-season-on-Travellers’ Homeowners Bill, ending prison remission, electronically tagging innocent people, drunk tanks in hospitals and most recently, Charles Flanagan’s ‘pay for English in the courts’ proposal. If you’re a criminal, don’t mess with this party. So, when a new agency produced a report showing large scale breaches of the law, I immediately went on to the party’s website to read their get-tough response. What did they say? More enforcers? Harsher prison sentences? Confiscation of assets? They said nothing, nada, not a word, not a whisper (particularly odd given that the relevant spokesperson - Leo Varadkar TD - is not publicity shy).But maybe that’s understandable. For the crime figures related to violations by employers and the victims were mere workers.
Fine Gael don’t do economic crimes.