The McDowell/Connelly stand off seems to have burned itself out. The Centre for Public Enquiry closed its doors on 1st January and its specialist staff are now looking elsewhere for employment. If the Minister is to face a test, and Frank Connelly seems unlikely to take anything through the courts, it would be up to the Attorney General to review the case when the Oireachtas comes back after a lengthy Christmas break. Noel Whelan reviewed the situation before the break.
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