Now we are left with an appalling vista of cash and Bertie
The Taoiseach's former secretary endured tribunal torture because of her loyalty to him, writes Jody Corcoran
Published 23/03/2008 | 00:00
Last month, at the Mahon tribunal, Bertie Ahern spoke of the sense of "intimidation" felt by his staff, like Grainne Carruth, who had joined Fianna Fail, he said, to get a few votes, not to be dealing with this stuff.
By "this stuff", he meant the tribunal: they did not sign up to Fianna Fail, to him, to be "down here", he said; to provide records, to recall events over a decade old, now pored over by forensic accountants and teams of lawyers, joining dots, searching for holes, wherein lies a truth, unpalatable and which, in a sense, at this remove, we may be better off not knowing, but which, in another sense, we must.
It is a truth we felt we were coming to terms with, the truth about Haughey, about Burke and about others too, not just of Fianna Fail.