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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.

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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.

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