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Hostile witnesses hold keys to banking justice

I'M appalled at the apparent inability of the authorities to prosecute those responsible for the bank debacle.

Most of the problem seems to stem from the reluctance of the powers that be to arraign as compellable witnesses those who can provide the necessary evidence for convictions.

These people can be treated as hostile witnesses and cross-examined under oath (or affirmation) by the prosecution and forced to answer under the threat of contempt of court. If they lie to the court, they can then face a charge of perjury.

Recently, our grandson was seriously assaulted on a city street in broad daylight.

He was punched to the pavement and kicked in the head several times. He was hospitalised for 24 hours and luckily suffered no serious injuries.

Some of the parents of the boys who were with our grandson apparently wouldn't allow their sons to give witness statements and the gardai seem reluctant to force them to do so.

This reprehensible attitude will result in this society slipping into anarchy.

JP Robinson

Cobh, Co Cork

Irish Independent