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Call it as it is

• Article 39 of our Constitution states that: "Treason shall have occurred if any person attempts by force of arms or other violent means to overthrow the organs of government established by this Constitution, or taking part or being concerned in or inciting or conspiring with any person to make or to take part or be concerned in any such attempt." 'Webster's Dictionary' defines violence as "Acting, characterised, or produced by unjust or improper force; outrageous; unauthorised; as, a violent attack on the right of free speech".

Judge Alan Mahon stated, in his final report into "certain planning matters", that several serving government ministers acted to bring down a tribunal established by the Oireachtas, in turn owing its authority to the Constitution. Clearly, the judge, and the parliament to which his report was submitted, are duty-bound to make a charge of treason against the people the judge failed to name in his report?

Of course, the idea of any of the people named in the Mahon Report having to face any kind of accountability is a fantasy.

But the thing about a constitution is that it is meant to protect us precisely when the very authority of the State is threatened. So, in the spirit of the two genuine Irish patriots who sparked the planning-corruption investigation, can someone lend some assistance in bringing a charge of treason against the as-yet-unnamed, alleged traitors in the Mahon Report?

Declan Doyle
Lisdowney, Kilkenny

Irish Independent