IT WOULD be churlish not to congratulate Leo Varadkar on his inclusion in Time magazine’s 2018 list of the world’s 100 most influential people, along with such varied characters as President Donald Trump, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle.
On November 29, 2017, three weeks after the RHI inquiry began, I wrote this in the Irish News: ''What the RHI saga highlighted was the very worrying discovery that the civil service/advisory side of the governing arrangements wasn't much better than the political side.
If, as we were told this week, the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) was wonderful, why are a quarter of a million people here waiting for a first hospital appointment with a consultant? If it was such an historic success, why are most of our schools bankrupt and if it represented a breakthrough, why are 370,000 people here still in poverty, including 110,000 children? Don't be silly, you say, the GFA was not about that sort of thing.