Tuesday 12 December 2017

Maeve Dineen: Transparency of Cloyne Report a template for banks

Maeve Dineen

LAST week's Cloyne Report was a masterclass in how to do these things and should set the standard for all future investigations into financial wrongdoing.

The Cloyne Report was easy to understand, comprehensive, revealed new information and was quickly backed up with a strong political response. There are probably many reasons for this.

One is the fact that the State is sadly no novice when it comes to investigating the abuse of vulnerable children by priests. Another reason is that the State is not directly involved in the crimes and can, therefore, afford to take a neutral stance. A third reason is that government ministers and bishops no longer tend to socialise with one another; there are few recorded instances of golf games between Brian Cowen and bishops who have failed to protect their flocks, while we all know that the former Taoiseach was partial to the odd game of golf with bankers who failed their shareholders.

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