Tuesday 23 January 2018

How corruption costs us more than just money

Taoiseach Charles Haughey at his Abbeville residence at Kinsealy in 1995. Photo: Eamon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Taoiseach Charles Haughey at his Abbeville residence at Kinsealy in 1995. Photo: Eamon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
John Downing

John Downing

Back in what now seems like another lifetime, when tribunals had yet to become a by-word for taking years to consume tens of millions in taxpayers' money, we had a thing called the McCracken Tribunal.

It was set up in February 1997 and delivered its report seven months later. In essence, its findings ended decades of rumour, innuendo and speculation about the life of Charles Haughey.

Mr Justice Brian McCracken proved Mr Haughey had got over IR£1m from Ben Dunne, director of Dunnes Stores. The inquiry was set up following the disclosure in the Irish Independent that Dunnes Stores had paid for a lavish house extension for former minister Michael Lowry when he was a TD.

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