The State itself is also 'dishonourable'
The frank analysis by Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne that the acts of the Quinn defendants in their contempt of court case were as "far removed from the concept of honour and respectability as it is possible to be'' are all the more unfortunate because they are not simply applicable to the Quinns.
Instead, they are, alas, applicable to a far broader business elite, whose contemptuous irresponsibility has reduced the Irish State to the status of an indigent pauper holding a beggar's bowl in Europe.
In fairness, the contempt that this elite -- who, with some honourable exceptions, such as Michael O'Leary, regard themselves as being above mere acts of social solidarity, such as the payment of the common rates of tax -- have for the State is more than understandable. For on too many occasions, our legal system, politicians, fiscal regulators, tribunals, gardai and senior mandarins have responded to their excesses with all of the force of a cuckold.