Diarmuid Doyle: Blockbuster tribunal that went way over budget
Published 16/01/2012 | 05:00
Those who damn the Mahon Tribunal highlight its enormous cost to the taxpayer -- the tens of millions spent conducting its often-tedious business over 13 long years, the barristers who earned more than a million euros, and the greedy expense claims.
But those who praise it remember an inquiry that often gripped the nation, that uncovered evidence of massive corruption in Irish planning, helped unseat a Taoiseach, and produced a cast of characters who could have graced a Charles Dickens' novel.
It was a blockbuster that went way over budget, but produced plenty of thrills and spills along the way.