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Sam Smyth: It was a novelty for an old man to raise his walking stick in defiance at bossy lawyers

Sam Smyth

Published 22/04/2010 | 05:00

A diminutive High Court judge and a grumpy pensioner made an unlikely task force against corruption as the new millennium promised a new beginning.

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James Gogarty, a curmudgeonly octogenarian, was the star witness for Feargus Flood, chairman of the planning tribunal -- and they became conjoined in the public imagination.

The old man held out for a deal where all of his legal costs would be paid by the State and he hired one of the biggest and most expensive law firms in Dublin.

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