Thursday 27 July 2017

Elaine Byrne: Society and State must take white-collar crime seriously

The system may indeed be guilty but cultural attitudes to white-collar crime need to change also.

Judge Martin Nolan placed the blame for failings in Anglo firmly in the State's corner
Judge Martin Nolan placed the blame for failings in Anglo firmly in the State's corner

Elaine Byrne

'An attack on democracy," was how the then Taoiseach, John Bruton, described the murder of Veronica Guerin. Her death and that of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe in 1996 galvanised the nation.

Powerful criminal networks posed a direct threat to Irish democracy. The response by the State was swift and unequivocal and cut across party political lines.

The pink metal signage of John Gilligan's Equestrian Centre still hangs on the wall of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) to serve as a daily reminder of why one of the most innovative criminal investigative organisations in the world was established.

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