Friday 19 January 2018

Scepticism on allegations

Mick Wallace
Mick Wallace
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Sir - In Eilis O'Hanlon's good and well-balanced article (Sunday Independent, December 3) regarding the findings of Mr Justice Charleton's interim report relating to Garda Keith Harrison, she rightly points out that Mr Justice Charleton dismissed all the allegations, concluding that: "All of the allegations of Garda Keith Harrison and Marisa Simms examined by the tribunal are entirely without any validity."

It is unusual for tribunals to reach a finding that all allegations before it were without validity and to use this language and the use of the words "all", "entirely" and "any" clearly show that there was no foundation whatsoever for these allegations. The judge twice used the word "nonsense".

This has clearly shown us that when we hear public representatives like Alan Kelly and Mick Wallace stand up in the Dail and make sensational and very serious allegations, we should take those with a lot of scepticism.

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