Viewpoint: Clongowes whitewash leaves a sour taste
Published 14/10/2015 | 02:30
The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney was challenged in the Dáil this week over his handling of the case surrounding Bill Carroll and the supply of close to 500,000 litres of milk through the Clongowes Wood College milk supplier number to Glanbia.
Sinn Féin's Martin Ferris pressed the Minister to reveal the actual opinion of the Chief State Solicitor after reviewing the matter.
Despite being asked three times, Mr Coveney declined to reveal what the Chief State Solicitor's opinion on the case was.
Instead, he stressed that the issue was discussed by top officials in Agriculture House, and that they decided not to press ahead with criminal charges for three reasons:
that there was no guarantee of a win for the State if they pressed ahead with a case;
that there had been no financial gains for the individuals involved since a full superlevy payment was paid by the parties involved;
there were no losses to other farmers as a result of the actions.
Should the case be left at that? It appears that the State and the parties involved in the investigation think so.