Dearbhail McDonald: Effort to prosecute the bankers is turning out to be a damp squib
LAST month High Court Judge Peter Kelly refused an application from the garda and the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) for a six-month extension to their joint inquiry into Anglo Irish Bank's management prior to its State takeover in 2008.
With a cry of "Will it ever end?" he added judicial fuel to a political/legal fire that has been raging for some time.
Not for the first time, Judge Kelly's remarks sparked a massive debate about the crisis in public confidence over the State's seeming inability to investigate and prosecute white-collar crime.