1. Carol

    I read earlier today that the Dept of Justice’s claim that the cuts are to tackle crime are not backed up by the fact that other, non crime related departments, within that ministry have only had very small budget cuts, I beieve it said the next highest cut within that group was 9%
    If that is true Mr Ahern needs to think of a better excuse

    These cuts are a disgrace whatever way you look at it

  2. True, Carol – for years, I’ve heard (from current/former staff of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform – the pink mafia is far-reaching..!) that the primary focus of the Department is security – be that crime, removal of persons from the State, subversive organisations, etc. – and that they barely even pay lip-service to equality. The equality unit has long been neglected there, whether the background has been economic boom or bust.

    I don’t think the Minister is being honest with the electorate, concerning the cut-back proportions and/or the rationale for same.

  3. Ben

    People need to focus on individual rights, not group rights. Focussing on equal outcomes invariably leads to individual injustice as groups tend to perform differently. For instance, in Dan Seligman’s book ‘A Question of Intelligence’ he notes that East Asians tend to outperform whites on non-verbal elements in the tests (whether taken in the US, Asia, or the UK & also when adopted by non Asian families). So, expecting whites to be as represented in math/science professions per population seems unrealistic. Likewise, Ashkenazi Jews consistently score above average on psychometric tests. Not every group is going to be represented in the professions to the same extent. This is why insisting on equal outcomes rather than equal opportunity is beating up against human nature & evolution.



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