Wednesday 13 December 2017

John Drennan: Paddy may not know what the full story is but he knows who will pay

The Moriarty Tribunal is yet another example of how our failed State cannot police itself, writes John Drennan

ON the night of his election victory, Enda Kenny provided us with an intriguing insight into his view about the essential character of his new subjects when he told a gobsmacked nation that "Paddy likes to know what the story is". After last week's Moriarty report, when it comes to the 14-year war between Michael Lowry, Denis O'Brien, the civil service and the Moriarty Tribunal, Paddy certainly knows a lot more about that unfortunate story.

But, as the controversies and denials raged, it could certainly be argued that Paddy still does not know half enough.

Or it would perhaps be more accurate to suggest that, when it comes to the modern equivalent of Charles Dickens's famous Jarndyce versus Jarndyce legal case, Paddy still doesn't know the situation with sufficient clarity.

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