Blaming the victims of sex crimes lets the perpetrators off the hook
Reports yesterday revealed that women working at hospitals in the region – Mid-West Regional, Croom Orthopaedic, Regional Maternity, Nenagh and Ennis – have been warned they face disciplinary action if they dress provocatively or reveal too much flesh.
In a 10-page draft dress code issued to staff, a list of proscribed clothing includes miniskirts, skin- tight clothing and halter-necks. Nail polish, all forms of nail art and tattoos are also banned on the grounds that they are “provocative”. What exactly a glimpse of nail polish or a bare shoulder is likely to provoke the code, sadly, doesn’t say.
Now they’ve tackled that issue, maybe they’ll get on with dealing with the €30 million deficit in the finances of hospitals in the region.
Will Mick take a hit for radio revelation?
JUST LIKE I remember exactly where I was the night Pádraig Flynn went on the Late Late Show to bemoan the challenge of running three households on a net salary of £100,000 a year, I suspect I’ll always recall the moment I stood in my kitchen and listened to Mick Wallace describe how he had discussed with a “hitman” how to recover money that was owed to him.
Wallace was on the Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ Radio, when he recounted how he met a debt collector in a pub and asked how he might recover an unpaid debt of £20,000.
The man said that for a fee of £4,000, he would “go out to his house at eight or nine o’clock at night and knock on his door. ‘I’d put my foot in the door and I’d have a gun with me and I’d give him seven days to pay.’ ”
Wallace stressed he had no intention of ever using a “hitman”. He may love all things Italian, but he presumably draws the line at actually re-enacting scenes from The Godfather.
The most surprising thing about Wallace’s account wasn’t that he talked to the man – it was his apparently enthusiastic telling of it on radio.
It was this lack of self-awareness – especially since he has been unable to pay off debts owed by his firm to the Revenue – that reminded me so much of Flynn’s 1999 Late Late Show gaffe.
Nine months after that, Flynn retired from politics for good. Is anybody giving Wallace nine months?