Investigating corporate crime is just as much about stamina as it is about justice
Investigating white collar crime is a long, tortuous and expensive exercise. The stamina required to stay the course is reflected in the small details of the 2014 annual report of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE), which was published last week.
Remember the financial scandal that rocked National Irish Bank in 1997? Perhaps not, because if you are age 35 now, you were only 18 when RTE reporters George Lee and Charlie Bird did their television news expose that later prompted a High Court Inspectors investigation.
The inspector's report wasn't finished until 2004, even though some of the events it covered related back to the late 1980s and early 1990s.