THE country's most senior judge yesterday called on the Moriarty Tribunal to give an indication as to when its report is likely to be published.
The tribunal was set up in 1997 to investigate payments to the late Taoiseach Charles Haughey and others. It has still to issue a final report.
The matter came up yesterday in the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Murray was dealing with case management issues in relation to an appeal being brought by businessman Denis O'Brien over a High Court ruling backing a tribunal decision to restrain cross-examination of an expert witness.
"We need some indication. I am not asking for a time but at least an indication when it is likely to occur or within which it will not occur," Mr Justice Murray said.
He said he had not detected any great movement con- cerning the report over the past 10 or 12 years.
He also said he was not asking the tribunal to facilitate Mr O'Brien, but rather to facilitate the court.