Opinion Colum Kenny

Thursday 14 December 2017

Colum Kenny: Buck stops nowhere at Mad Hatter's never-ending Tea Party

As the privileged play, the rest of us pay -- but we can change that culture by how we vote, writes Colum Kenny

It is unfair to Alice to describe Ireland as an Alice-in-Wonderland world. But events at the Moriarty Tribunal last week, and certain media coverage of them, were reminiscent of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

If only it did not all matter, said Alice. If only our endless tribunals were about nothing more than making lawyers rich. If only the Irish Government meant little more than ministers being ferried around in Mercedes.

On Friday, the High Court rejected applications by Dermot Desmond and Denis O'Brien to stop the Moriarty tribunal employing Michael McDowell to act on its behalf. But this is not just a legal matter. There is a question of common sense too. How could the tribunal think of asking him? And how could he agree?

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