Saturday 10 December 2016

Fifteen years ago we witnessed a miracle — an inquiry that worked

But the 'democratic revolution' of Enda Kenny has been crushed by tribalism

Published 23/02/2014 | 02:30

Enda Kenny peers through an artificial fire, in an image captured by award-winning photographer Julian Behal
Enda Kenny peers through an artificial fire, in an image captured by award-winning photographer Julian Behal

It may seem strange but when it came to governance Irish politics once had its moment of perfection.

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It occurred just before Christmas in 1999 when the chairman of the Dail Public Accounts Committee said that after 26 days of public sittings, its inquiry into allegations of tax evasion in the banking sector had concluded, and a report would follow shortly.

It represents some journey from there to the current scenario where a Coalition with a record majority, approaching its third year in office, has not had the gumption to even set up a banking inquiry.

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