During the discussion in which announced to the country that Bord Gais had established Irish Water under false pretences Labour Senator John Whelan said that, as a politician, he would rather be honest than popular.
On his website he is quoted as saying:
I don’t want to be another career politician. I desperately want to do something about the mess we are in.
Another quote on his website goes:
He has regularly been referred to as a courageous and outspoken journalist.
Well, Senator Whelan is no longer courageous and outspoken. He is just another career politician who has opted to be popular with the rotten political system rather than be honest with the Irish people.
I have been trying to contact the senator since he made his very serious allegations without success; he’s in hiding. Neither has he made any public statements, either in the Senate or in public to explain his allegations.
As a public representative Senator Whelan has a duty to either retract his allegations or take action on them. He has done neither.
So, in effect, the Senator has decided to join the ranks of political gombeens who, over the decades, have served their own and their party’s interests at the expense of Ireland and its people.