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Now, this bell tolling for another, says to me, thou must die

Perfect justice does not exist. When a person is injured, by the fault of another, only a money payment is available in law to compensate him or her. This inadequacy is unavoidable. Recently, in Ireland, a generation of politicians, civil servants and some lawyers, decided to trade even this inadequacy to further their prospects and careers. They promoted the interests of the defence in personal injury claims, over the interests of the injured plaintiff and some still do so.

They were the least likely persons to care about the plaintiff in Hu -v- Duleek Formwork Ltd & Anor [2013 IEHC 50; every generation of Irish politician for eighty years had, in principle, cared nothing for that plaintiff.

It is imperative that this stop now. Even the lowest common denominator says so.

Think only of what John Donne, the English poet, wrote in 1623, in Meditation XVII (Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris);

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”