Thursday 8 December 2016

Justice must be seen to be done

Published 22/02/2010 | 05:00

DEIRDRE de Burca has accused Environment Minister John Gormley of delaying the publication of the Brennan report on the Dublin Docklands Development Authority because it would cause "serious discomfort" for Fianna Fail, the Green leader's senior partners in the Government.

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This is a serious accusation for which, with all due respect to the former Green senator, evidence is lacking. Mr Gormley himself set up the inquiry. He appointed Professor Niamh Brennan, a much-admired person with an unblemished reputation, to chair it. Her report is now in the hands of the Attorney General. A lapse of a couple of months before publication would be reasonable.

A couple of months -- but not much more. Throughout the years of boom and bust, the people of this country have had the facts concealed from them and misleading information fed to them again and again, leaving the field free for lurid rumours. And many of the most lurid rumours centre on the DDDA, and one incident in particular.

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