Friday 23 February 2018

New dogs but old tricks are the same

TRIBUNALS of Inquiry like the Moriarty one are commissioned by the Oireachtas. Yet, as has become clear in the last few days, when it gets what it asked for, the Oireachtas, like a dog chasing a car, does not know what to do with it.

Michael Lowry's Dail dismissal of everything in the report illustrates the difficulty. There was no-one on the other side of the argument. Mr Justice Moriarty may say something in due course, but he cannot be expected to enter into open debate with Mr Lowry and Denis O'Brien.

The report is there to be read and analysed by all. There is no need for the judge to say anything more. He may want to respond to the extraordinary accusations of conspiracy levelled against him. There was no need for those accusations to be made. If Mr Lowry and Mr O'Brien think the report has got it wrong, it is enough to say so, and adduce the evidence to support their claim.

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