Tuesday 12 December 2017

The judge's integrity can't be doubted ... but his findings can

Public discussion of the Moriarty Tribunal treated its findings as gospel -- ignoring a host of good reasons to be sceptical, writes Shane Coleman

IF justice delayed is justice denied -- as Gladstone once opined -- then what should one make of the Moriarty Tribunal?

4,926 days after it was set up by the Houses of the Oireachtas to inquire into payments to Charlie Haughey and Michael Lowry, the tribunal issued its 2,348-page final report -- that's around a page for every two days that have passed since its inception.

Whatever your view of Michael Lowry -- and it's pretty clear from the extraordinary language he uses that Mr Justice Michael Moriarty doesn't hold him in very high esteem -- it is patently wrong that the Tipperary North TD has had this investigation hanging over him for so long.

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