Thursday 23 February 2017

Penny drops as Bailey left to count cost of court bid

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

The Four Courts in Dublin
The Four Courts in Dublin

It makes no difference whether you are financially ruined by a little or a lot, in the end you are still left with nothing.

And so there was a certain amount of fatalism about yesterday's High Court hearing to determine who will pay the costs of Ian Bailey's failed civil action against the gardaí and the State for damages.

Costs are usually awarded to the victor and, as that wasn't Mr Bailey, he was merely there to learn how big a bill he would be saddled with and whether or not the State could be landed with a portion of it.

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