Thursday 15 November 2018

'Absurd, pathetic and occasionally relevant, the tribunal was a car crash'

The Kerry Babies Tribunal and subsequent report was obviously flawed yet politicians accepted it without question, writes Gene Kerrigan

Joanne Hayes
Joanne Hayes
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

We were running. All of us were confused - lawyers, gardai, journalists, members of the public - we didn't know which way to run.

Out of the tribunal we ran, across the green in front of the Tralee council offices, each of us trying desperately to find a taxi, a car, any form of transport.

It was Monday morning, January 28, 1985. There was no hint, when Judge Kevin Lynch opened that day's session of the Kerry Babies Tribunal, of the disorder he was about to cause.

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