Monday 22 January 2018

Colum Kenny: A national fog about the billions that the banks lent

Justice must be seen to be done if citizens are to keep confidence in the State, writes Colum Kenny

Judge Peter Kelly was cross last week. His comments on the slow pace of investigations into what went wrong at Irish banks were headline news on RTE. But, next morning, his remarks were buried inside the daily papers. It was a sign of just how much bad news is overwhelming us at present. And a sign of how hard it is for us to face it.

We are sleepwalking when we should be running to get to the bottom of what happened and change things.

Judge Kelly's remarks were extraordinary. He is one of Ireland's most respected lawyers. Referring to ongoing inquiries into Anglo-Irish Bank, he said, "An apparent failure to investigate thoroughly yet efficiently and expeditiously possible criminal wrongdoing in the commercial/corporate sectors does nothing to instil confidence in the criminal justice system."

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