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Nightmare fallout from garda bugs?

THE POTENTIALLY seismic consequences of the garda bugging scandal are becoming apparent. Not in the Dail or the corridors of power but instead in our courts.

Lawyers representing convicted murderers, rapists, terrorists and those accused of these and other offences are preparing applications to the courts seeking reviews of judgements, or adjournments.

One of the country's most dangerous gangleaders, murderer John Dundon, is one whose lawyer is reportedly seeking such a review.

The convictions of many serious criminals may now be in doubt if their prosecutions can be shown to be linked to bugging.

If their cases succeed many of these individuals could be back on the streets. This is a nightmare scenario, a terrifying prospect for victims and society at large.

Whether it happens or not depends on the findings of the Commission of Investigation. The stakes could not be higher.