Dearbhail McDonald: Publication of the Anglo Tapes has become more crucial than ever
THE press lives by disclosure. As John Delane, the former editor of 'The Times' said in 1852, it is the first duty of the press to obtain the earliest and most correct intelligence of the events of the time, and instantly – by disclosing them – to make them the common property of the nation.
The Irish nation has waited far too long for the type of intelligence disclosed by the Independent News and Media Group in the Anglo Tapes. The recordings have revealed more in the last two weeks about the events leading up to the near collapse of the economy than in the last five years since the bank guarantee.
Former Anglo CEO David Drumm has complained bitterly about the Anglo Tapes.