Friday 23 March 2018

The State, gardai, lawyers, auditors - all have serious questions to answer

When the State breaks the rule of law, we enter into a realm of anarchy, writes Group Business Editor Dearbhail McDonald

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Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

The rule of law, where the Government, as well as individuals and private entities are accountable under the law, matters - it's the essence of the social contract.

When it is the State, its officials and agents as well as lawyers, by definition officers of the court, who break the rule of law, the damage is incalculable.

When it ceases to apply, we enter - as we did last Tuesday when former Anglo chairman Sean FitzPatrick was acquitted on all charges by direction of trial judge John Aylmer - into a realm of anarchy.

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