Monday 11 December 2017

Report's timing could not have been worse

I have not read the Moriarty Tribunal report and at 2,300 pages I am unlikely to ever do so, but I do have a question in relation to the timing of its release.

If I remember correctly the Beef Tribunal report was given to Albert Reynolds, who was Taoiseach at the time, in advance of its publication -- whereas this report seems to have been released suddenly on an unsuspecting public and media.

The new Fine Gael-led Government was less than two weeks old and our newly elected Fine Gael Taoiseach was putting our financial case to the other European leaders. What was the urgency in releasing the report at that precise time, considering we had already waited 14 years?

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