Ending political cronyism.

TRADITIONAL FORMS of patronage can no longer be tolerated. They reflect unethical standards of behaviour that damage public confidence in the fairness of administration and the quality of our democracy. If the aspiration to create a new and inclusive society – articulated by President Michael D Higgins in his inaugural address – is to mean anything, then the old ways of doing business and rewarding political supporters must be consigned to the dustbin.