Hal­li­gan was right to ask ques­tions

Irish Examiner - - Opinion -

I do not agree with the cam­paign against John Hal­li­gan. It is the right of any em­ployer, even stronger, it is a duty to his or her com­pany, to as­cer­tain whether or not the po­ten­tial em­ployee will be able to per­form his or her job prop­erly.

When liv­ing off pub­lic money paid by de­cent tax­pay­ers, this duty is even more im­por­tant. If any can­di­date might have to take ex­tra time off be­cause of re­cur­ring ill­ness, chil­dren, dis­tant fam­ily, car­ing for el­derly par­ents or any­thing else, it would be ir­re­spon­si­ble not to ask such ques­tions.

I also be­lieve that such a per­son would prob­a­bly not have the nerve to ap­ply for a job in pri­vate in­dus­try where achiev­ing tar­gets is se­ri­ous and im­por­tant to the com­pany’s fu­ture. Richard Bar­ton

Maynooth Co Kil­dare

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