Following the screening of the RTE Investigates program last night, Senator Gerard Craughwell said that he was shocked by the revelations regarding some Councillors.
Senator Craughwell said that he was deeply concerned at the damage being done to the body politic and in particular to the hundreds of hard working City and County Councillors who give of their free time to serve their communities for little or no real compensation. He said that many full-time councillors have salaries which are below the minimum wage and provide no sick pay and no pensions. Craughwell said that every councillor he knows will want a full criminal investigation into the issues raised by the program. He said that "there is no room in Irish society, which has been rocked by the sharp practises of the past, for those in public life who would seek to profit through any form of corruption". He asked at today's Order of Business in the Seanad for the Taoiseach to call in the DPP to undertake a full examination of the evidence produced by the program in order to determine if there has been criminal activity. If there has he believes that" the relevant course of action should follow". Craughwell said "there is no room for the cute hoors of the past in a modern Ireland". He said as a result of the program people's reputations are on the line and those named and unnamed deserve nothing less than the right to defend themselves. Those found guilty of any corruption must face the full rigour of the law.