Last June I wrote an article entitled:
Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly is probably of the same mind.
Arguing that the Gardai, NTMA and NAMA should all come under the Freedom of Information Act she quoted the following comment by Mr. Daly (Marian Finucane Show, Sat. 10th March).
You can have commercial viability or you can have transparency but you can’t have both.
Ms. O’Reilly likened Daly’s comment to a particular episode of Yes Minister in which Sir Humphrey says to Prime Minister Hacker, who was all for open government;
You can have openness or you can have government but you can’t have both.
The tragedy for Ireland is that while Yes Minister was great comedy and provided hilarity for the nation, Daly’s comment is sinister and is typical of the attitude that has destroyed our country.