Wednesday 17 January 2018

No relation to 'Minority Report' -- but it cost as much

What: The Moriarty Report.

Is it like that brilliant film, The Minority Report? Alas, no. It's the massive 2,400-page final report from the Moriarty Tribunal, which was set up 14 years ago to investigate certain payments to former Taoiseach Charles Haughey and former Communications Minister Michael Lowry. There's nothing minor about this huge yoke, which makes War and Peace look like an Enid Blyton book.

Wait a minute -- did you say 14 years? Yep. The Moriarty Tribunal was set up way back in the dim and distant past, on September 26, 1997, to be precise, by Ireland's then Ard-Ri, Bertie Ahern, and was given the grandiose title of Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Payments to Politicians and Related Matters. And it was set up as a response to an earlier months-long inquiry, which had established that payments to the above-mentioned duo had been made by supermarket supremo Ben Dunne.

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