Diarmaid Ferriter: My advice to Government – stop hiring advisers

Is there an inbuilt acceptance that Ministers must be surrounded by a cohort of mentors?

Surely the existence of so many advisers is tantamount to a recognition that civil servants are still not given ample scope to initiate. File photograph: Getty

Surely the existence of so many advisers is tantamount to a recognition that civil servants are still not given ample scope to initiate. File photograph: Getty

Our current Government is on the receiving end of no shortage of advice and here is some more: stop hiring advisers.

Rows over special advisers are a regular feature of our political discourse, usually focusing on their numbers and salaries but what about the broader issue of why they are deemed necessary in the first place?

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