Wednesday 18 October 2017

Colum Kenny: Only by rooting out all of our political demons can we hope to prosper again

Government reluctance to pursue the findings of Moriarty tribunal could make things worse.

Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

LAST Thursday, TV3 played the tape of a phone conversation between Michael Lowry and a businessman, recorded in 2004. The tape demonstrates that the Moriarty tribunal did not have access to all relevant information and that, bad and all as its findings were, they might have been worse. It raises the question of what else Lowry knows that the tribunal did not.

Michael Lowry is still a publicly paid member of Dail Eireann. He was a Fine Gael government minister. Fine Gael continues to have questions to answer about his role in the party, and about the party's apparent continuing reluctance to pursue the findings of the Moriarty tribunal.

The present Fine Gael Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, told the Moriarty tribunal that he had "no memory" of a meeting that the tribunal found, on balance, was more likely than not to have occurred. We shall jog his memory.

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